Landlords could be required to fit every home with an audible carbon monoxide alarm as part of a proposed new initiative.

According to the Morpeth Herald, the Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed campaign is pressing for new regulations, under which landlords will have to provide the devices before they can obtain a gas safety certificate.

The initiative is backed by victims' charities, professional organisations and energy companies, with Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith also lending his support recently.

Carbon monoxide's colourless and odourless properties make it a considerable danger to tenants and homeowners, with research showing that 850,000 households in the north east are failing to protect against the threat.

"I would urge every household to make sure they have an alarm and that they have their fuel-burning appliances serviced each year by a professional,"Mr Beith said.

Last month, a landlord in Cornwall was ordered to pay out £4,000 in costs after failing to respond to a notice to check the safety of gas appliances.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18910614-ADNFCR

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