The alarm selection process was conducted by Antony Janes with colleagues from property services and procurement.
Antony James, Maintenance Manager for Pembrokeshire Housing: We place the safety of our customers above and beyond the statutory landlords’ responsibilities under the gas safety regulations and see the use of CO alarms as a positive move in general regarding gas safety management.
The decision to specify Aico Ei208 CO alarms was based on the positive experience they have had using Aico’s smoke alarms within the same properties.
Aico’s Ei208 CO alarm is a quality, cost-effective unit designed with a sealed in Lithium battery, which overcomes the potential problem of battery removal by the resident.
AudioLINK allows for invaluable real time data to be extracted via the alarm’s sounder – all you need is an AudioLINK enabled CO alarm, a tablet or smartphone and the free AudioLINK App.
Antony James: It has the potential to save time and resources as it can rule out false alarms, other alarms sounding, battery depletion, unit faults etc. from being CO incidents. The process for measuring and investigating ambient CO in domestic properties can be very time consuming. The background CO report is great for identifying a defective cooker grill fret that is slowly getting worse, whilst the alarm removed report is useful in assessing if you have the full picture of CO incidents. Multiple removals would prompt a full safety check.
The work of installing the CO alarms will be carried out by Pembrokeshire Housing’s direct labour services team which consists of maintenance workers, electricians, kitchen fitters and Gas Safe / OFTEC registered heating engineers.
Antony James: For example, if we have a boiler in a kitchen and a fire in a lounge then we would fit two; one in the lounge and one in the kitchen. We had looked at fitting the alarms on a risk basis but decided that could be complicated and wanted to provide some protection regarding tenant owned appliances that fall outside the landlord’s responsibilities.
Elin Brock, Pembrokeshire Housing’s director of housing, oversees the gas safety programme and welcomes the news of the CO alarms being fitted. She is keen to stress that fitting CO alarms will supplement but never replace the excellent servicing and maintenance programmes for fuel burning appliances at Pembrokeshire Housing.
Pembrokeshire Housing has been able to report 100% gas compliance every quarter for the last five years. Fitting CO alarms is now just another gas safety measure for Pembrokeshire Housing who are used to putting their efforts and resources into gas safety and the safety of their customers.
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