Calls for more smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in Costa del Sol

SAFE NOT SORRY: The detectors can alert to a fire or CO leak

The Association of Property Administrators in Malaga has requested that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors be made obligatory. The Association has appealed to public institutions for the development of new regulations that establish the obligated instalment of these detectors in newly built homes.

The petition also advocates for campaigns explaining the importance of having these devices in the home. The president of the Association explained to Europa Press that smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are a preventive measure, focused on reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by domestic fires and CO leaks.

The devices, that cost around €30 and require little maintenance, are very effective in situations that can possibly lead to death and the complete destruction of a home. CO is known as the silent killer because it is virtually undetectable by humans and can cause death if a person is exposed to large amounts. Common sources of CO in the home are open flames, water heaters, blocked chimneys or running a car inside a garage and opening a window is always recommended in these cases.