The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has joined the Gas Safety Trust in calling upon the government to make the installation of CO alarms mandatory in homes in England and Wales.

In 2013 Scotland introduced new building regulations making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory. Now leading industry organisations are backing a petition to force a debate in the House of Commons on changing the law to make alarms compulsory in English and Welsh homes.

Roger Webb, director of HHIC said: “One death from CO poisoning is one too many, I wholeheartedly support this campaign and hope that the government will make alarms mandatory. For very little financial outlay a life could be saved.”