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Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to make carbon monoxide alarms available free of charge to pensioners. (123421)

[holding answer 26 February 2007]: There are no proposals to make carbon monoxide (CO) alarms free of charge to pensioners.

However, all Fire and Rescue Services in England have discretion to extend their Home Fire Risk Checks for vulnerable households to provide a free CO alarm, in addition to installation of a free smoke alarm. Similar arrangements are being considered in Wales.

There are also other Government initiatives aimed at helping pensioners with gas and heating expenses. These include schemes such as WarmFront, Home Energy Efficiency and WarmDeal, which provide grants for the replacement or repair of heating systems to eligible people receiving certain benefits. In addition, the Priority Services Register enables pensioners to have a free annual gas safety check by their gas supplier.