Slow killer alarms

A PORTLAOISE town councillor has called on the county council to install carbon monoxide alarms in all council houses, to protect people from the “slow killer” of this toxic gas.

A PORTLAOISE town councillor has called on the county council to install carbon monoxide alarms in all council houses, to protect people from the “slow killer” of this toxic gas.

Cllr Rotimi Adebari proposed the motion at last week’s town council meeting, where he reminded his fellow councillors of “the havoc” caused by carbon monoxide and suggested that the council give the same importance to audible carbon monoxide alarms as they do to fire alarms.

“We’ve got to do something here, even if there is no national policy,” he said

. We can protect our own citizens from this slow killer,” he said. “This has to do with life. 99% of houses don’t have one and they’re very vital to have.”

Cllr Adebari said the council could charge the tenants for the alarms by incorporating the cost into their rent and spreading it out over the year.

Cllr Tom Jacob agreed that carbon monoxide is “a lethal killer” and it’s good to keep the public well informed. He said that alarms should become a condition of planning applications for all new houses.

Supporting Cllr Adebari’s motion, Mayor Catherine Fitzgerald said that she would include the proposal on the next meeting of the Strategic Policy Committee.