Pembrokeshire Housing Association recently initiated a move to fit carbon monoxide alarms in to all of its properties in West Wales.
Pembrokeshire Housing is an independent, not for profit Industrial & Provident Society and is the local housing association, being based in and operating in Pembrokeshire. Since it was established in 1981 it has achieved consistent growth and now provides over 2,300 homes.
Aled Roberts (property services), Antony James (maintenance manager) and Judith Arnold (procurement manager) were involved in the carbon monoxide alarm selection process and the team finally agreed on AICO’s Ei208 carbon monoxide alarms which will be branded with the Pembrokeshire Housing logo.
The AICO Ei208has a proven electromechanical sensor with a sealed in lithium battery. It has an easy to use large test/hush button and the pre-alarm LED provides early warning of carbon monoxide (CO) detection. The unit has a memory feature if CO has been detected, end of life indicator and power, alarm and fault indicator lights. The Ei208 is Kitemarked to BS EN50291-1:2010 and BS EN50291-2:2010 and has a 10 year guarantee.
The work of installing the carbon monoxide alarms will be carried out by Pembrokeshire Housing’s direct labour services team. Managed by Antony James the team consists of maintenance workers, electricians, kitchen fitters and Gas Safe / Oftec registered heating engineers. The majority of the carbon monoxide alarms will be fitted at the same time as the annual landlord’s gas safety check and during the planned replacement of boilers.
Graham Holmes, Pembrokeshire Housing’s director of housing, oversees the gas safety programme and welcomes the news of the carbon monoxide alarms being fitted but was keen to stress that fitting carbon monoxide alarms will supplement but never replace the excellent servicing and maintenance programmes for fuel burning appliances at Pembrokeshire Housing.
Aled, Antony and Lead Engineer David Pannell have worked closely over the last 5 years to deliver a successful planned boiler installation programme with Worcester-Bosch boilers being installed and maintained by Pembrokeshire Housing’s direct labour services team.
Graham Holmes and his Pembrokeshire Housing team have been able to report 100% gas compliance every quarter for the last 5 years and this has been achieved by the combined efforts of everyone in the housing and direct labour teams. Fitting carbon monoxide detectors is now just another gas safety measure for Pembrokeshire Housing who are used to putting their efforts and resources into gas safety and the safety of their customers.
As accredited investors in people Pembrokeshire Housing have an on-going programme of safety related learning and development. Antony James has recently enrolled onto CORGI Technical Services’ VRQ level 4 qualification in gas safety management in social housing. CORGI Technical Services have been providing external gas safety audits for Pembrokeshire Housing for the last 2 years and have been keen to work with Pembrokeshire Housing in raising gas safety awareness in Pembrokeshire and West Wales.
Technical Safety Manager Chris Jones said “CORGI Technical Services are very pleased to be working with Pembrokeshire Housing and we are now in our second year assisting with gas safety management and provision of third party auditing for the Housing Association gas service team. Auditing of gas servicing work and Landlords Gas Safety Records has provided the opportunity to identify the Associations performances against CORGI Technical Services national average benchmark for compliance with Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 36”.
As the carbon monoxide alarm fitting programme rolls out this summer everyone involved wishes Pembrokeshire Housing all the best for the future.