Representatives from Policy Connect have produced a manifesto which details recommendations made by the organisations Energy Safety Team. The manifesto has been presented to all leaders of the main political parties in advance of the coming General Election and contains information and suggestions based solely on the results of evidence-based research.
A politically-neutral publication, the manifesto is designed to build on the continuous programme of events that Policy Connect have developed since the election two years ago. During this time, they have regularly submitted evidence to government consultations and select committee enquiries regarding energy safety, particularly their recent work on the consultation on the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations (2015).
The Energy Safety team have been working closely with a number of major festival organisers including representatives from Glastonbury, Reading, Latitude, V and Download to highlight the serious danger of CO poisoning in tents. Rainy weather at such events can tempt some people to barbecue food inside or too close to their tents, posing a CO as well as a fire risk.
Policy Connect say that the government will have “the opportunity to further protect its citizens from the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, including renter rights, healthcare education and tourism safety” and that the numbers (an estimated 30 people a year killed and 2,000 harmed by CO) can be drastically reduced and even eliminated altogether.
The manifesto condenses the expertise of a number of professionals, comprising cross-party parliamentarians and industry leaders from a wide cross-section of organisations. A brief summary of the relevant points of the manifesto follows:
Landlords should be required by law to install CO alarms in all rooms containing fixed combustion devices, not just those with open fires and log burners as is current practice
Safety should be promoted in governmental campaigns and through landlord regulations. Low-income households are at the highest risk, according to recent research carried out at John Moores University in Liverpool
Awareness should be raised of the danger of CO poisoning risks while on holiday
Companies that market holiday accommodation should undertake a specified set of health and safety measures relating to CO poisoning
Smart meters are expected to be installed across the country and this should be used as an opportunity to spread the safety message
We here at CO Home Safety welcome the new manifesto and urge the new government to follow its guidelines and save lives. YOU can help too! Get in touch with us to find out how.