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New York State Carbon Monoxide LawAs of June 27, 2016, all commercial buildings are required to install working carbon monoxide (CO) detection inside as part of the New York State Carbon Monoxide Law.

The piece of legislation, part of the NYS Uniform Code and Energy Code, also known as the “Steve Nelson Bill,” states that owners of existing commercial buildings must install CO detection so that they’re not in violation of the law. The conditions apply to any commercial building or restaurant containing fossil fuel burning appliances, devices, or have an attached garage must contain CO detection in compliance with the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.

The problems resulting from CO go beyond just making sure your detectors work. Exposure is a major health risk that can be easily detected.

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas. It occurs whenever fuel is burned in engines, stoves, hot water tanks, furnaces, and gas ranges. The only safe level for CO is between 0 and 30 parts per million (ppm) over an extended 8 hour period.

Symptoms from CO resemble those from having the flu. They include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, vomiting, and chest pain, similar to that of food poisoning. Based on Center for Disease Control statistics, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year not linked to fires, while more than 20,000 were sent to the emergency room because of CO poisoning. Any affects can be mitigated with a few hours of fresh air.

With a CO detector installed with your security or fire alarm system in your home or business, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your home will be properly protected. Any alerts your detectors give off will be transmitted to our Monitoring Response Center, who will notify you and the proper authorities.

For any questions about carbon monoxide, the New York State carbon monoxide law, or how your commercial building can get into compliance, visit amherstalarm.com or call us at (716) 632-4600.

[Detailed information on the New York State Carbon Monoxide Law can also be found at amherstalarm.com/co-law]