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HPM November 2015

WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com NEWSDESK APHC reminds landlords of CO alarm regulations The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding private sector landlords about the introduction of important smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) regulations, following their approval by Parliament. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, which became legal on October 1, require landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a CO alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. After this date, landlords must check that the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. The new requirements are being introduced with the aim of increasing the safety of private sector tenants by ensuring they have working alarms at the beginning of the tenancy. The regulations will be enforced by local authorities, who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 in the event of a landlord failing to comply with a remedial notice. Landlords should note their premises may also be subject to extra fire safety requirements under other legislation such as under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. John Thompson, APHC chief executive, said: “Statistics reveal that in the event of a fire in a domestic property, you’re at least four times more likely to die if there’s no working smoke alarm installed. “It is disappointing that higher risk gas and oil appliances have not been included in the legislation relating to CO detectors, which only at this stage relates to solid fuel.” The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group points to the fact that homes containing solid fuel appliances constitute only 8.2% of the entire private rental sector, so believe a chance has been missed to keep private tenants living in the majority of the 4.4 million private rented homes in England CO safe. Research conducted by CORGI HomePlan has revealed that one in ten adults in Britain have experienced carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning to some degree in their home. A further one in 11 knows someone who has been poisoned. This means that 8.4 million Brits have, or know someone who has, fallen victim to the colourless, odourless gas – the ‘silent killer’. This winter, 58% of homeowners will be firing up their boiler again without an annual service. CORGI HomePlan hopes that the research will urge people to take action as at least 2.13 million homes are leaving themselves at risk of being exposed to CO. CORGI HomePlan is appealing to its 5,000 strong network of engineers and the wider industry to share their knowledge of the dangers, in order to help protect homes over the colder months. The research conducted with 2,000 homeowners is part of CORGI HomePlan’s campaign to keep UK homes safe and warm this winter. It is giving away free CO alarms to the public via: www.corgihomeplan.co.uk/alarm while stocks last. The winner of JTL’s 25th Anniversary Prize Draw to win a silver Citroen Berlingo 1.6 HDi is PK Engineering, from Carlisle. JTL chief executive, Jon Graham, who handed over the keys to two PK employees, said: “We took the decision to give this fantastic prize away in our silver jubilee year as we wanted to give something back to the building services engineering sector in which our employers and apprentices work and thrive. “These are exciting times for apprenticeships, and at JTL we’ve been delighted in the last year to achieve in excess of 2,000 new apprentice starts, with 6,000 current apprentices in total on our books. “Among these are the apprentices of PK Engineering that are currently studying with us, making it a deserving employer to win our prize draw. I’m delighted to hand over the keys and hope it brings PK Engineering many thousands of miles of happiness.” One in ten adults poisoned by CO Flogas Britain fined £25k after gas leak PK Engineering wins JTL prize draw Flogas Britain, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier, has been fined £25,000 after a leak from a tanker led to 15 people being evacuated from their homes nearby. Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how on October 28 2012, a LPG tanker vehicle was offloading propane LPG into a number of smaller LPG vessels. During the offloading, the driver heard a loud bang and saw LPG gas vapour coming from the under the tanker. The driver initiated an emergency shutdown, but it failed to fully close the main isolation valve on the vessel and LPG liquid gas vapour continued to leak from a broken flange on the pump. The emergency services attended and set up an exclusion zone which resulted in residents from nearby houses being evacuated. The tanker lost around 11,700 litres (six tonnes) of propane LPG. Flogas Britain was ordered to pay £8,673 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Section two and three of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. An MCS alternative The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) and partners have launched the Renewable Installer Accreditation Scheme, with the objective of providing an affordable alternative to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). The programme, based on the Competent Person Schemes (CPS) and TrustMark, aims to ensure that a quality service is delivered to the consumer, but at a fair price to the installer. Isaac Occhipinti, head of external affairs, said: “HHIC has long been a critic of MCS as it is too bureaucratic and expensive, but with government support for microgeneration technologies waning we do believe that an alternative is needed to keep interest in the renewables market alive.” 6 NOVEMBER 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY PK Engineering office manager, Denise Pape, and apprentice, Niall Keyes, collect the keys from Jon Graham at JTL’s Centre of Excellence in Birmingham Follow us on Twitter: @HPMMag


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