According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies, more than 400 people die every year in the U.S. from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and over 20,000 individuals are injured due to CO poisoning each year. In recent years, there have been numerous deaths occurring in hotels and motels. One of the most effective ways to reduce the incidence of CO poisoning is to ensure that CO detection devices are installed in places where people live, work, sleep, and study.
To reduce CO poisonings, newly constructed hotels, apartment buildings, dormitories, nursing homes and hospitals will be required to install CO detectors or CO alarms. The new 2012 International Fire Code (IFC) and International Building Code (IBC) requirements are consistent with the requirements in the 2009 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) for CO detection to be installed in all newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings.
Several examples are hotel and dormitory sleeping rooms as well as dwelling unit bedrooms within apartment buildings.
Look for my next blog on the smoke detection requirements mandated by the 2012 IFC and IBC for college dormitories.
About the Author
Richard Roberts is Industry Affairs Manager at Honeywell Fire Safety with over 30 years in the fire alarm and carbon monoxide market. His experience spans the installation, sales, and product development of code-compliant products and systems. Currently, Mr. Roberts is a member of eight NFPA Technical Committees and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Smoke & CO Committee and Building Codes Committee.