Hello RFMA members,
Terry Byerly, CRFP, with Pizza Hut contacted me recently concerning an upcoming deadline for carbon monoxide detection devices needing to be installed in all his restaurants in the state of New York by June 27, 2016. It is my understanding the State modified its Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code on June 27, 2015 requiring all commercial buildings and restaurants that contain any carbon monoxide source(s) to install a CO detection device or system. Existing restaurants (buildings) have the option of installing separate CO detection devices that do not require being hooked up to an existing security and/or fire alarm system but must be hardwired and have a 10 year battery back up life. Combination CO/smoke alarm systems are not allowed. New store construction requires the CO detection devices to be tied into the building security and/or fire alarm system(s). It would seem to me, the recommended method would be hard wiring the CO devices into the current alarm system in exiting facilities. In most cases, only 2-4 CO detection devices would be required per building as they need to be installed in "detection zones", areas where carbon monoxide is produced, i.e., water heater room, cookline area(s), and in the dining room.Most of you are probably aware of this change and have acted accordingly but for those who have not, it's recommended you contact your existing security and/or fire suppression/sprinkler system companies to review your facilities and install proper detection devices as required.
I believe New York state is the first to require this but I'm sure others will follow. It makes great sense to be proactive with this in all your units to prevent individuals from getting sick or possibly dying. It is that important.
Any comments on this or other state or federal code changes would be appreciated.
Dover and out.