17.11.16 Which? reveals potential killer carbon monoxide (CO) alarms

Posted on November 17, 2016
Archive : November 2016
Category : News

Which? the largest consumer body in the UK, best known for testing household products and also making consumers more powerful, has recently tested domestic carbon monoxide detectors and, rather alarmingly, found a number of them to be unsafe and unreliable. Rigorous lab testing, based on the EU's EN 5029 safety standard for CO alarms, was carried out on a number of alarms, including some cheap imports widely available online. The report reveals that a group of cheap imports actually failed to detect the killer gas in more than a third of its tests, whilst 13 CO alarms from leading brands which carry the BSI Kitemark™ passed every one of the tests. So dangerous were the cheap ones that Amazon and eBay have now removed them from their sites. So, along with Hetas and The Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM), The Stove Yard is urging everyone to check that their CO alarm meets European Standard (EN 50291) and is made by a trusted brand carrying the BSI Kitemark™ such as a Honeywell alarm for example. And please, if in doubt, chuck it out.

Source: HETAS – to read the complete Hetas news story please click here