White Paper Addresses Deficiencies in NFPA 720 Standard


System Sensor, manufacturer of fire detection and notification devices, has developed a white paper to address placement, testing and maintenance of system-connected carbon monoxide detectors based on NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Warning Equipment in Dwelling Units.

The white paper, titled Eliminating Confusion, addresses areas of deficiency due to recent product development, in the current form of NFPA 720. Unlike smoke detection devices that have been enhanced during 30-plus years, system-connected carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are still in a stage of infancy and do not yet have mature standards to govern their use. To help fire-protection professionals, this white paper reviews the requirements of NFPA 720, 2005 edition, focusing specifically on sections,,, 5.5.2 and 5.5.1.

Currently, the NFPA 720 Technical Committee is in the process of revising the standard, which is expected to include nondwelling occupancies such as hotels, day-care centers and schools (the standard will mirror NFPA 72). The revised NFPA 720 will most likely include more precise placement, testing and maintenance sections, which, in turn, will force manufacturers to design system-connected CO detectors to a uniform code.

System Sensor’s white paper is available for download.

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