The National Caravan Council (NCC) has recently focused its attention on the importance of detecting carbon monoxide after finding worrying results.

In association with the NCC and CoGDEM, Trolex, a manufacturer of gas detection and safety monitoring systems, has played an important role in a successful campaign to get carbon monoxide (CO) detection made compulsory in UK touring caravans and motor homes.

A Trolex Sentro 8 system with six remote CO detectors was used to see the effects of running an LPG gas cooker at various settings in the confined space of a caravan. Results found that CO concentrations at various heights proved dangerous.


These results were presented at the All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group meeting and within a couple of weeks the NCC announced a new industry regulation which stated that as a result of these findings, every caravan and motor home would be required to have two Type 2 audio and visual alarms fitted.

New CO alarms will alert caravan users instantly if there are dangerous levels of CO detected. Caravan manufacturers who are members of the NCC are now required to fit these alarms to ensure that they comply with standards. Older caravans are recommended to have CO alarms retro-fitted, especially ones that are hired out.

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Posted August 30th, 2011 at 0930 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: