Monaco to safeguard homes against gas leaks, mandates carbon monoxide detectors

Homes connected to gas in Monaco must now be fitted with carbon monoxide detectors, by order of a new law which comes into force this weekend.

According to a statement released by the government on Friday 21st July, the law will take effect on 22nd July 2023, by Ministerial order 2023-416, which lays down regulations relating to the general principles of safety against the risk of fire and panic in buildings.

This new law requires that detection devices be installed in homes that are connected to a gas service. The devices must be able to broadcast an audible alarm that can warn the occupants of an abnormal rise in the level of carbon monoxide. Often, the alarm is supplemented by an alert on either a smartphone or tablet. They are available for as little as €30 from services like Amazon.

“This measure aims to allow early detection of this toxic, odourless and colourless gas that can cause serious poisoning,” said the government.

In order to be effective, detectors must be placed in the same room as the source of gas, at a distance of one to three metres from the fuel-burning appliance. It can be fixed on the wall or on the ceiling.

In general, the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation and use should be followed and if in doubt, the services of a professional are recommended.

“Simple gestures contribute to reducing the risks, such as the daily ventilation of the accommodation, and good annual maintenance of boilers, heaters and equipment connected to the combustible gas distribution network,” said the government.

Signs of carbon monoxide poising include a feeling of faintness, muscle weakness, anxiety and impaired vision.

Anyone who suspects they may be exposed to carbon monoxide should ventilate and exit the home, and call 112 or 18.

For more information, visit the factsheet by clicking here.


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