Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Gas safety devices installed in Edinburgh council homes

Carbon monoxide monitor
Image caption The monitors are to be installed in every council home with a gas supply over the next two years

About 18,000 council homes in Edinburgh are to be fitted with carbon monoxide detectors at a cost of about £400,000.

The monitors are to be installed in every council home with a gas supply over the next two years.

The decision was taken by Edinburgh City Council's health, social care and housing committee.

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman said they were not under any legal obligation to install the detectors.

However, the council does have a statutory duty to annually service and maintain all gas appliances and installations every year.

Paul Edie, Edinburgh City Council housing leader, said: "Whilst there have been no deaths in our council homes attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning I am sure our tenants will welcome this additional safety measure by putting their safety first.

"This is another fine example of why this council has rightly been judged as providing the best local authority housing service in Scotland."

The detectors will be replaced on a six yearly cycle.

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