The Prince’s Government has made it mandatory to instal Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in connected dwellings, such as blocks of apartments.

The detection device must be able to broadcast a local audible alarm intended to warn occupants of an abnormal rise in the level of CO. The alarm can be supplemented by a simultaneous message on one or more connected devices (smartphone, tablet, etc).

“The measure aims to allow the early detection of this odourless and colourless toxic gas which can cause serious poisoning. To be perfectly effective, the installation of the carbon monoxide detector must respect several conditions: be placed in the same room as the source of the gas, at a distance of 1 to 3 metres from the fuel-burning appliance,” the Government said.

The detector can be fixed on the wall or on the ceiling: For ceiling mounting, the detector must be away from any obstacle; For wall mounting, it must be placed at a height greater than that of the doors and windows and must be at least 15 cm from the ceiling.

Proper ventilation and regular maintenance are also recommended.

For more information on the precautions to take and first aid measures in the event of poisoning, consult the “Poisoning by carbon monoxide (CO)” sheet on the MonServicePublic website

FILE PHOTO: A typical carbon monoxide detector