Last June, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring every restaurant and commercial building in the state to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors by June 27, 2016. The law will apply to both new and existing buildings with possible sources of CO, such as garages, electrical generators, and faulty furnaces. Alarms should be installed in a central location within every 10,000 feet in a facility. They must also be hard-wired units with battery backup.
CO is known as a “silent killer” due to its undetectable nature. It’s the cause of roughly 450 deaths and 15,000 hospitalizations every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But despite these gruesome statistics, most states and municipalities have no laws that enforce CO detectors in commercial buildings.
New York made necessary changes after a Long Island restaurant owner, Steven Nelson, died from a CO leak in February 2014. The incident also sickened 30 others, resulting in the Steve Nelson Safety Act (or Steven Nelson’s Law).
What will this cost you?
Installation costs vary based on a building’s size, wiring, and how many CO sources it has. Owners will also need to determine if they want standard battery-operated detectors or a full detection system. The cost of each will depend on the type of equipment that’s purchased and how it’s installed. Fire or security professionals will need to install detectors in buildings with a fire alarm system. They will then incorporate the devices into the current system.
Businesses can contact their fire protection or security providers if they have any questions about installing and maintaining this equipment. They should also test their devices at least twice a year for any malfunctions.