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Vaillant Group backs mandatory carbon monoxide alarms campaign

Vaillant Group, one of the world’s leading heating technology manufacturers, is backing a campaign which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

The company, which operates both the Vaillant and Glow-worm brands within the UK, is backing the campaign to make CO alarm installation mandatory in every home in England and Wales where a carbon burning appliance is installed. It’s already law in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The ‘No to CO’ campaign is being spearheaded by Plumb Center and CO alarms manufacturer Honeywell, and has received support from across the industry. The campaign’s first objective is to attract 100,000 people to sign an e-petition, and by doing so, trigger the debate in the House of Commons needed to bring the law a step nearer.

Vaillant Group’s UK & Western Europe Managing Director comments: “The mandatory installation of carbon monoxide detectors in England and Wales would be a positive change that we would certainly welcome. I applaud Plumb Centre for their leadership in campaigning for this change and strongly encourage consumers and installers to visit www.no-to-co.co.uk to sign the e-petition.

“CO is a silent killer and the best form of protection is for homeowners to have any carbon burning appliance regularly serviced and maintained, but a professionally installed audible CO alarm can also save lives.”

Plumb Centre’s Gail van Dijk comments: “Approximately 84% of UK homes have smoke detectors, but only 15% currently have CO alarms. One death from CO poisoning is one too many. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from trade bodies, boiler manufacturers, politicians and ordinary people. Now we must convert that support into names on our petition. We hope that as an industry we can come together, and stop these needless deaths.”