Councils issue carbon monoxide alarm call
Local authorities have appealed to energy firms to provide carbon monoxide alarms free of charge to all households.
The Local Government Association (LGA) - which represents councils in England and Wales - says there is a "moral imperative" on energy providers to supply the alarms, which cost around £15 each.
On average, carbon monoxide poisoning kills 40 people a year in the UK and injures many more. Detecting a carbon monoxide leak without the assistance of an alarm is very difficult, because the gas has no colour, taste or smell.
"The profits of the big six gas companies in particular have rocketed over the past few years and with another harsh winter forecast they are likely to soar again," said Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board.
"The alarms should be paid for from their existing profits - the cost must not be passed on to their customers," she added.