Integrating Carbon Monoxide Detectors With Fire Alarm Systems

CO1224TAs commercial fire alarm system capabilities increase, designers of record are increasingly combining previously stand alone (single station) carbon monoxide (CO) detection into a supervised, reporting fire alarm system.  If the unmonitored, single station CO detector is unplugged or is otherwise non-operational, no one knows.  A CO detector, or better still, combination smoke/CO detector that is monitored by a commercial fire alarm system will alert and remind the occupants that a device is not working.  Since the functionality of these systems are supervised and regularly tested, it makes sense all around for the following reasons:

  • Assured operability reduces the owner’s liability
  • One device on the ceiling instead of two or more
  • One pair of low voltage wire instead of running a 120 volt circuit in conduit
  • In commercial settings, other building services, such as ventilation, can be programmed to initiate when specific CO detectors alarm
  • In hotel applications, the front desk and maintenance staff can be alerted to a guest room CO alarm event without fire department notification

These are just a few of the reasons to integrate CO detection with the fire alarm system.  The most important reason, however, is to ensure lives are protected by devices that work the way they are intended to work.  For more information on combination smoke/CO detectors and how to cost effectively deploy them, contact Affiliated Customer Service at 630-434-7900, or leave us a comment below and we will get back to you shortly.

About Gene Rowe

Gene Rowe serves as the Director of Business Development for Affiliated Customer Service. He brings twenty three years of fire alarm and emergency voice systems experience to the table with both an operational and marketing viewpoint. A US Army veteran, NICET certified, an executive board member of the IL-AFAA and a member of the NFPA, he began his career establishing operational expertise as a technician, developed graphic skills with CAD design as a general engineer, gained a ‘big picture’ mindset by moving to project management and finally a marketing perspective directing business development efforts. By interfacing with a broad range of diverse organizations such as the AFAA, CAA, AIA, CEA and the IFIA, he combines concerns of the owner, designer of record, contractor, distributor and approving authority to bring a unique perspective to Affiliated.

An avid marathon runner, he resides in west suburban Chicago with his wife and two sons. He's served the community as a Cub Scout Leader, as well as coaching multiple levels of travel and park district basketball and baseball teams. Professionally, he serves as the Treasurer and is on the Board of Directors for the Illinois chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (IL-AFAA).

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