Our HomeLINK Environmental Sensors are now available! Find out more about our latest innovation in home life safety

Carbon Monoxide – BS EN 50292:2013

What is the British Standard BS EN 50292:2013?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a silent killer, you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. This is why having Carbon Monoxide alarms installed throughout a property is so important. The British Standard BS EN 50292:2013 offers recommendations on the installation and maintenance of Carbon Monoxide alarms.

Where should CO alarms be installed?

The standard states that a Carbon Monoxide alarm should be fitted in:

  • Rooms that have any fuel burning appliances – such as an open fire, gas cooker or boiler
  • Rooms where people spend the most time – such as a living room
  • Rooms where people sleep
  • Any room that has a flue running through it

This means that a Carbon Monoxide leak can be detected from all the potential sources and heard throughout the property.

If you have a limited number of alarms then you should look to cover the areas that are at highest risk including:

Rooms with a flueless or open-flued appliances such as an open fire, gas cooker or portable heater – these would leak carbon monoxide directly into the room producing the greatest risk

Rooms where the occupants spend the most time – this is to ensure that they are protected to any carbon monoxide exposure in these areas and also hear the alarm as soon as possible

Kitemarks

What else should I consider?

You should look for a product that has been manufactured and approved (e.g. Kitemarked) to standards BS EN 50291-1:2010 (for domestic premises) and/or BS EN 50291-2:2010 (for caravans and boats). These standards show that the alarms have been extensively tested to ensure their quality including sensor reaction times, minimum alarm sound levels and temperature resistance.

If you would like more advice on how to site alarms effectively throughout the property visit our page on Alarm Siting or if you would like more information on Standards and Regulations or guidance for a property outside of these guidelines please contact our Technical Team – technical@aico.co.uk.

We’re Here To Help

Find the information you need in our library of educational and informative resources.

FAQs
Send Us A Message:
enquiries@aico.co.uk
Give Us A Call:
01691 664 100
AccountabilityAirplane arrow_downArrow Left Arrow Right audiobattery bedroom-fill bedroom bell blocks book_open books bulb calendar-time calendar cart Error circle-validclock cloud-upload cloud comments crossdata_download detectorsdining-room-fill document download-thin download exclamation filter fire-cloud firegarage-fill garagegatewayGroup-385guaranteegw-dashboard-red gw-doc-red gw-notifications-red gw-property gw-reduce gw-smartlink-red gw-time-red gw-wifi-red hallway-fill hallwayshand-heart hash headset hobicon-digital icon-easi-fit icon-sensor icon-switch icon-wireless key kitchen-fill kitchenlanding-fill landingslaptop launch living-room-fill living-roomloan location-pin loft-fill loftnetwork no-cable opening_times Passionpeople Phone play position-pin pound-sign power presentation reading real-estate Safer-Communitiessalary savings search settings Share-Geniusshare sheild smoke-alarm social_facebooksocial_googleplussocial_instagramsocial_linkedin_altsocial_linkedinsocial_pinterestsocial-share social-tiktoklogo-twitter-glyph-32social-youtube spanner stairstail-left tail-right Team-Workticktrash Trustupdate-phone user warning-sign wifi-protected