From 1st October 2013 Scottish building regulations require carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted when a new or replacement boiler or other fixed heating appliance is installed in a dwelling. The need for carbon monoxide detection applies to any fixed heating appliance powered by a carbon based fuel, that is, gas (both mains and liquid petroleum gas), oil and solid fuel (coal, coke, wood, wood pellets, etc).
In addition, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on the 1st of August 2014 is set to vary the Repairing Standard in Section 13 with the addition of a new requirement on the subject of Carbon Monoxide alarms. The Repairing Standard will require that a property has: “satisfactory provision for giving warning if carbon monoxide is present in a concentration hazardous to health.” As with smoke detectors, when considering compliance, reference will be made to Scottish Government guidance and to any building regulations on the matter.
Battery powered CO alarms are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased from a variety of hardware retail outlets.