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Standards & Regulations / British Standard BS EN 50292-2013

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What is the British Standard BS EN 50292:2013?

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer: you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. This is why having carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout a property is so important, and is the only certified way to detect its presence and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The British Standard BS EN 50292:2013 offers recommendations on the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms.

The standard states that a carbon monoxide alarm should be fitted in:

  • Rooms that have any fuel-burning appliances – such as an open fire, gas cooker or boiler
  • Rooms where people spend the most time – such as living rooms
  • Rooms where people sleep
  • Any room that has a flue running through it

This ensures that a carbon monoxide leak can be detected from all potential sources and heard throughout the property.

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If you have a limited number of alarms then you should look to cover the areas that are at the highest risk:

  • Rooms with a flueless or open-flued appliance such as an open fire, gas cooker or portable heater – these appliances would leak carbon monoxide directly into the room producing the greatest risk
  • Rooms where the occupants spend the most time (living rooms, bedrooms) – this is to ensure that they are protected against any carbon monoxide exposure in these areas and also hear the alarm as soon as possible

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Additional Things to Consider

You should look for a product that has been manufactured and approved (e.g. Kitemarked) to standards BS EN 50291-1:2010 (for domestic premises) and BS EN 50291-2:2010 (for caravans and boats). These standards show that the alarms have been extensively tested to ensure their quality, including sensor reaction times, minimum alarm sound levels and temperature resistance.

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