Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide: An Invisible Killer

On April 7, 2003 the NJ Register adopted regulations that require the owners of one and two family homes to install carbon monoxide alarms when their homes are sold.

Local Enforcing agencies that are currently inspecting one and two family homes prior to sale to ensure proper placement of smoke detectors will be expected to check, as well, for these required CO alarms.

When the detectors and alarms are found to be properly in place, Certificates of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance will be issued.

The proposed Uniform Fire Code change appeared in December 16, 2002 edition of the NJ Register. When adopted, NJAC 5:70-2.3 will now require that no municipal certificate of occupancy be issued for any Use Group R-3 or R-4 structure containing a fuel-burning appliance and/or an attached garage unless each dwelling unit contains at least one carbon monoxide alarm.

  • Alarms may be battery operated
  • Shall be listed in accordance with UL-2034
  • And must be installed in the immediate vicinity of sleeping areas per NFPA-720
The Code will also require CO alarms in Use Groups I-1, R-1, and R-2 with a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage.