CO Dangers, Dr. D. Penney

CO Dangers

Requirements for CO Alarms:

  • On September 15, 1993, Chicago, Illinois became one of the first cities in the U.S. to adopt an ordinance requiring the installation of CO alarms bearing the mark of a nationally-recognized testing laboratory in all new single-family homes and in existing single-family residences that are equipped with new oil or gas combustion furnaces.

  • Kingston, New York approved a code requiring the installation of CO alarms in multiple dwellings with 4 or more dwelling units.

  • Bel Air, Texas requires CO alarms in some single-family dwellings.

  • The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) requires CO alarms in motor homes made after September 1, 1993. RVIA requires CO alarms in all motorized recreational vehicles and in towable recreational vehicles that have a generator or are prepped for a generator. RVIA's membership includes approximately90% of all U.S. recreational vehicle manufacturers.

    Note: Use of the term "CO Alarm" is preferred over "CO Detector", since the devices commonly available for residential and commercial uses in the protection of the public provide alarm based simulated human CO uptake, and as such do not give instantaneous read-outs of ambient CO concentration.

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