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ASHRAE and ICB codes require CO alarms.

Submitted by lesenochek on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 21:28

After years of opposition from the American Gas Association and others, the ASRAE Supplement to Standard 62.2-2010 requiring carbon monoxide alarms passes.  Section 6.9 of the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Standard now requires CO alarms to be installed, located and maintained in accordance with NFPA Standard 720 the standard for the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detection and warning equipment.  CO alarms must be installed within single-family houses and multi-family structures that are three stories or less.  NFPA 720 allows either CO systems or stand-alone alarms to be installed. This supplement can be found on the ASHRAE website. 

There are 30 states with some form of state legislation and 58 municipalities with ordinances requiring the installation of CO alarms. The requirements in some states include multistory buildings, hotels and apartments such as New York, Vermont, New Jersey and Florida. Other states have only requirements for nursing homes such as Texas and Tennessee.  However, most states require CO alarms in single family homes.