A trend across the United States toupdate building codes to require carbon monoxide (CO) detection for hotels,nursing homes and other commercial sleeping quarters is driving significant growth insales of
combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector,
.Tragediesinvolving CO poisoning and general public awareness of the potential danger hasresulted in
putting into place code requirements for the installation of CO detection incommercial sleep facilities. Silent Knight's multi-criteria detector comprisesfour separate sensors that look for smoke, CO, light/flame and heat to quicklyidentify and verify a true fire event. Combining the two devices along with acommon sounder base eliminates the need for building owners to install separatefire and CO detectors and associated equipment."SilentKnight's combination fire/CO detector is a more cost-effective and simplersolution for commercial sleep operations to meet these new safetyrequirements," said David Pakech, vice president of sales for Silent Knight'sIntelliKnight line. "The demand for this product has been exceeding our initialexpectations."According toinstallers, demand for the combination devices is popular for a broad range ofcommercial sleep operations."Multi-dwellingfacilities like apartments and hotels are asking for CO detection. Daycarecenters are as well," said Don Johnson of Camtek, Inc., based in Spokane, Wash."We're seeing new and remodels, even small remodel jobs, requesting that COdetectors be put in."New buildingcodes related to CO detection went into effect in 2013 in Johnson's servicearea, and largely stipulate that the detector must be connected to thefacility's fire alarm system. According to Johnson, "gone are the days ofplug-in detectors for these places."Johnson also notednew construction projects, including a new hotel he will be fitting with a newfire alarm next month, are prime applications for combination smoke and COdevices, like the SK-FIRE-CO. When compared to a common installationrequiring smoke and CO detection, the SK-FIRE-CO Detector and its compatible
, replaces multiple devices, including a CO detector, a smokedetector, a mini horn, monitor modules, three junction boxes and all of thewire associated with each. Fewer devices equal lower equipment and labor costs,with the added benefit of a cleaner appearance. "Anywhereyou have a fuel-burning appliance a water heater, gas furnace, stove,fireplace you need CO detectors in and around that space," explained RobAndrobus from Ohio Valley Monitoring, LLC, in Cincinnati, Ohio.Oneof Androbus's most recent CO detection jobs involved a three-story fraternityhouse where 16 CO detectors were installed just outside each unit's sleepingrooms. And while that job's requirements centered on code, Androbus notes that anumber of major franchises are putting their own CO detection mandatesin-place."Manybig hotel chains and others are making all of their facilities comply withtheir own stringent standards when it comes to CO detection. We're even seeingsmaller, older hotels upgrading their detection," said Androbus.Universityhousing and hotels are two prime segments where both local and national firealarm codes generally require two different tones to distinguish between a fireand CO event. The SK-FIRE-CO's sounder base (B200S) meets this criterion, inaddition to its ability to be synchronized to nearby horns.Working in concert with the entire line of availableIntelliKnight fire alarm systems, the B200S Sounder Base can be programmed as asingle station alarm, to sound an alarm in just one room of an apartment, for instance.Likewise, if smoke or CO is detected by multiple detectors within the sameliving quarters, the sounder bases can be programmed for a multi-station alarm,which will activate all sounders within an area for a general evacuation of aspecific zone or an entire building an ideal solution for healthcarefacilities."Nursinghomes and assisted living facilities are leading the pack down here when itcomes to needing carbon monoxide detectors," said Monte Guerrette from Mid-StateFire & Systems, regarding the central Florida region. "And it's mostly codepushing demand here."Multi-criteriadetectors are a necessity for healthcare facilities, to avoid nuisance alarmsfrom disturbing staff and patients. To verify a true fire emergency, the SK-FIRE-CODetector analyzes four criteria: smoke,CO, light/flame and heat. Due to its high rejection rate of nuisance alarms,the SK-FIRE-CO is also ideal for challenging smoke detection environments, suchas night clubs with theatrical smoke, and construction areas containing largeamounts of dust.AllSilent Knight equipment is built on a non-proprietary platform and sold throughsecurity wholesalers nationwide, ensuring competitive pricing and readilyavailable parts. The SK-FIRE-CO is the ONLY combined fire and smoke detectiondevice available through the security wholesale market.Visitwww.silentknight.com for more information on the SK-FIRE-CO. Contact a SilentKnight
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