With as many as 50,000 emergency room visits annually1, about 170 people in the United States die every year from carbon monoxide (CO) produced by non-automotive consumer products according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CO poisoning is a leading cause of death in post-disaster situations when widespread power outages occur because of improper placement of generators and increased use of charcoal grills indoors.
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When dangerous amounts of CO are detected, the CO1224T and CO1224TR (round) CO detectors alert residents by sounding and flashing a temp 4 signal alarm. With 24/7 central station monitoring, residents are guaranteed protection whether they are away from home, sleeping or already suffering from the effects of CO.
Presently, the Uniform Construction Codes are based on the 2009 edition of the I-codes. On October 18, 2012, the Review and Advisory Council (RAC) decided not to adopt any of the 2012 I-codes. This will not impact most residential fire and life safety businesses because the 2009 IRC requires the installation of CO detection and permits household fire alarm systems to be installed as a primary form of smoke detection. However because the RAC decided not to adopt the 2012 IBC, CO detection will not be required in Group-R occupancies such as hotels, dormitories and dwelling units within apartments buildings.
One of the more significant changes in NFPA 720: 2012 relates to sensitivity testing. The Technical Committee accepted a proposal to delete the sensitivity testing requirements for CO detectors. The Committee’s rationale is that no data has been provided at this time showing CO detectors experience a degradation of detection performance over time due to the sensitivity shifting. Furthermore, the CO sensing cell of all CO detection devices are required to be replaced after a certain period of time, usually between 6 to 10 years. Therefore, the requirement for sensitivity testing in the 2009 edition of the standard seemed to provide limited value or benefit.
The new requirements in the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) and the International Building Code (IBC) are the result of the International Code Council (ICC) membership approving a proposal during the May 2010 Final Action Hearing to require the installation of CO detection in new and existing Group-R and Group-I occupancies, such as hotels, dormitories, apartment buildings, hospitals and nursing homes.
Meet both fire and carbon monoxide (CO) Code requirements with a single addressable device. The Advanced Multi-Criteria Fire/CO Detector (AMCF/CO) combines award-winning fire and CO protection using only 4 wires and 1 footprint for the most advanced, cost-effective, and attractive detection solution available.
On July 13, 2011, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed HB 5326, Public Act No. 11-248 into law. The Act requires public or non-public school buildings, newly constructed on or after January 1, 2012, to install carbon monoxide (CO) detection. This is a good win for enhancing the life safety of students and facilities in Connecticut.