Carbon monoxide alarm sends SMS alerts

A new system is being trialled that alerts homeowners to the presence of poisonous carbon monoxide gas via SMS.

In a bid to improve safety in social housing, the smart alarm is being installed in the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire, reports Like other alarms of its kind, this can detect carbon monoxide, but inventors have gone one step further by allowing home owners to connect the device to their mobile phone.

In addition to raising the alarm, the device can also send regular updates and reports to confirm that the detector is functioning properly.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for around 50 deaths a year in the UK, and is particularly dangerous as – unlike some other gases – it has no smell, colour or taste to help detection.

The new detection devices have been developed and introduced by Northern Gas Networks, and it’s hoped they will help protect residents from this notorious ‘silent killer’.

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) is installing the new devices. The company carries out annual gas servicing and safety checks as standard, and sees keeping tenants safe as a key part of the role as social landlords.

Paul Goodwin leads KNH’s Gas and Electric team. He says: “As an additional precaution, we also fit carbon monoxide detectors in the homes of our more vulnerable tenants, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the new smart detectors can help us keep those tenants even safer.”