Installing a carbon monoxide alarm could save your life.

Regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys are the best ways to protect you and your family from the hidden danger of carbon monoxide. For added protection install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

Carbon Monoxide alarms are available from many hardware and DIY stores.

There are some points you need to be aware of to make sure your alarm effectively protects you.

Where to locate Carbon Monoxide Alarms

View this short video for advice on the best place to locate carbon monoxide alarms in your home including what rooms to install alarms and where to locate them. Video produced by Ei Electronics.

What type should I use?

Many different alarms are available but we recommend that the alarm;

  • Complies with European Standard EN 50291 - This should be marked on the box
  • Carries the CE Mark
  • Has an 'end of life' indicator - This indicator should not be confused with any 'fault' indicator
  • Carries an independent certification mark – For example a kite mark, this indicates that the alarm has been approved by an accredited testing and certification organisation.

We recommend that you do not use 'black spot' type passive indicators that change colour when carbon monoxide is present – these will not wake you up if carbon monoxide is present whilst you are asleep.

One alarm may not be sufficient

If all your fuel-burning appliances (including their exhaust flues and air supplies) are in the one room, then one alarm in that room may suffice. If the appliances/flues are located in more than one room, then an alarm should be fitted in each of those rooms.

Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when installing alarms or have a qualified installer fit it for you.

Make sure the alarm can be heard

If the alarm(s) cannot be heard in any living rooms and in all bedrooms, more advanced alarms that include the provision for interconnecting them can be used. In this case, if one interconnected alarm detects CO, it will trigger the other units to also sound an alarm. This allows you to position extra alarms close to the living rooms and bedrooms, where they will be audible.

You should test the alarm regularly and replace it when it reaches the end of its life.

Carbon Monoxide alarms have a limited lifetime, and the manufacturer will specify when it should be replaced. We recommend alarms that incorporate an end-of-life indicator. Never hold on to a Carbon Monoxide alarm after its useful date has expired.

While Carbon Monoxide alarms may provide an extra measure of warning remember these are no substitute for regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys.

Always follow the alarm manufacturer's instructions and if any aspects are unclear, contact them directly for further guidance.

The following alarms have been recalled by the manufacturers:

Do not purchase or use them.

Recall of Carbon monoxide detector. Name: Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Brand: Eclipse. Type/number of model: Eclipse - E240VCARB. Batch number/Barcode: Barcode: 5391516452984. Description: 240V carbon monoxide detector with 9V battery backup. Country of origin: China

recall of Eclipse cO Alarm

The product is not sufficiently sensitive with respect to the detection of carbon monoxide. The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 50291.

Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 2 A12/0037/13 published on 14/01/2013.


Recall of Carbon monoxide detector "Carbon Monoxide Alarm"- Brand: ETERNA Name: Mains Voltage Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Back-up Type/number of model: EAN 5013845034197 Batch number/Barcode: 49/10, 17/11, 26/11

The product is not sufficiently sensitive with respect to the detection of carbon monoxide. In the event of a carbon monoxide incident, the product may fail to detect the carbon monoxide. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 50291.

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification A12/1536/12 published on 12/10/2012).


Recall of monoxide detector "Carbon Monoxide Alarm"- Brand: Unknown - Type/number of model: BRJ-906LCD

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as the sensitivity of the detector is not sufficient. It fails to sound when exposed to 50 parts per million of carbon monoxide.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 50291

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 13/0661/12 published on 04/05/2012).


Recall of Carbon monoxide detector "Carbon Monoxide Alarm"- Brand: One Electrical Contractor+ Safety Alarms - Type/number of model: CP8005 Type B, date of manufacture 20/11/11

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as the sensitivity of the detector is not sufficient. It fails to sound when exposed to 50 parts per million of carbon monoxide.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 50291

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 14/0662/12 published on 04/05/2012).


Recall of Carbon monoxide detector "Carbon Monoxide Alarm" - Brand: Joy Security - Type/number of model: JHY-CO-AR/JHY-CO-AC.

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as the sensitivity of the detector is not sufficient. It fails to sound when exposed to 50 parts per million of carbon monoxide.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 50291

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 15/0663/12 published on 04/05/2012).


Recall of Carbon monoxide detector - Brand: Sensor - Type/number of model: SF80190

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as the sensitivity of the detector is not sufficient.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 50291

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 40/0688/12 published on 04/05/2012).


Recall of CO alarm - Brand: Mister Monitor - Type/number of model: MM-RCC-426 (1079026)

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as it fails to warn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291.

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 4/0130/12 published on 05/02/2012).


Recall of CO alarm - Brand: AMS - Type/number of model: Only products placed on the market after 05/2009 are affected.

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the authorities as it does not properly detect carbon monoxide gas. The Product does not comply with the with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN50291.

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 37/0080/12 published on 03/02/2012).


Recall of CO alarm - Protector - Type/number of model: CO-100

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the authorities as it does not properly detect carbon monoxide gas. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291.

(Reference European Commission RAPEX notification 8/0037/12 published on 02/02/2012).


Recall of CO alarm - FiremanBWK401C batch WK0910023

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as itfails towarn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291.

(Reference European CommissionRAPEXnotification15/1232/09 published on 4/04/2010).


Recall of CO alarm -ELRO - RM 339, EAN: 8711658251516

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as itfails towarn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291.

(Reference European CommissionRAPEXnotification20/1346/11 published on 20/11/2011).


Recall of CO alarm - Pentatech - model: 4015162220209

This product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as itfails towarn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291.

(Reference European CommissionRAPEXnotification30/1463/11 published on 11/12/2011).


Recall of CO Alarm - Power Plus BWK034C / Ref 6167

CO Alarm RecallThis product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as it fails to warn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291. (Reference: European Commission RAPEX notification 15/1232/09 published on 3rd September 2009).

 

 

Recall of CO Alarm - Lloytron Model B822

CO Alarm RecallThis product has been withdrawn from the market by Lloytron as it fails to warn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291. (Reference: European Commission RAPEX notification 43/0084/09 published on 23rd January 2009).

 

 

Recall of CO Alarm - JO-EL Model COA-001 Item n 822611

CO Alarm RecallThis product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as it fails to warn / operate when it is exposed to various concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291. (Reference: European Commission RAPEX notification 10/1077/08 published on 3rd October 2008).

 

 

Recall of CO Alarm - DOMOTIBELEC REF 982030

CO Alarm RecallThis product has been withdrawn from the market by the importer as it fails to detect gas at a concentration of 300 ppm, in a time of less than 3 minutes. Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291. (Reference: European Commission RAPEX notification 17/0800/08 published on 25th July 2008).

 

 

 

 

Recall of CO Alarm - Proteam- Item number HO1497 (LX-GS) and HO1227 (LX-GS). Batch codes: PO6/001400 and PO6/001474.

CO Alarm RecallThis product has been withdrawn from the market by the manufacturer as it fails to warn / operate when it is exposed to positive concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. In addition, the markings and the instructions provided do not contain required warnings and information, in particular relating to how the alarm operates, to the action to be taken in the event the alarm sounds, and to the effects of carbon monoxide on the human body.The Product does not comply with the European standard EN50291. (Reference: European Commission RAPEX notification 23/0572/07 published on 22nd June 2007).


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