The New Jersey State Legislature passed a new law in September requiring all restaurants, businesses and commercial buildings in the state to install carbon monoxide detectors. Since carbon monoxide is a very dangerous gas that can kill quickly, it makes sense that this would go into law. As of September 3rd, all New Jersey businesses must have carbon monoxide detectors installed.
If you are the owner of a restaurant, a commercial building or any other business in New Jersey, you will have to adhere to the standards established by the state in this manner. This means you will need to maintain an operable carbon monoxide detector. CO detectors are required if the commercial building or business has a device, system or appliance that emits carbon monoxide. They are also necessary if there’s an attached garage. If you have any questions about the CO detection compliance of your business, please call AC Daughtry at 973-335-3931 and one of our security experts will be able to assist you.
Facilities that are all electric are not held to the same standard as those with fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage. If you have any of the following, you will be required to maintain operable carbon monoxide detecting devices based on the standards set by the state of New Jersey:
- Fuel Burning Heaters
- Kerosene Space Heater
- Propane Stoves
- Gas Ovens
- Gas-Powered Generators
- Diesel-Powered Generators
- Gas Water Heaters
- Any other fuel-burning appliance
The old law only required single-family homes, two-family homes, condominiums, and multiple dwelling buildings to have CO detectors. It didn’t include restaurants and other commercial buildings in NJ. However, this new law covers all existing facilities and any new construction, as well.
Again, if you have any questions about how this law could affect your NJ business, please call AC Daughtry at 973-335-3931 and one of our security experts will be able to assist you.
A New Type of Fire Inspection
Now, when a fire inspection is done at your business, they will be looking for more than just the smoke detectors and alarms. They will also be looking for a carbon monoxide detector and they will be making sure you are in compliance with state regulations. If you’re not, you will be given 30 days to become compliant through a notice of violation.
Guidelines for New Jersey and New York Businesses to Follow
If your New Jersey business is found in one of the following groups, you will need to follow the regulations to ensure you have a working carbon monoxide alarm.
- Industrial 1
- Residential 1
- Residential 2
If you fall into one of these categories, you will need to have a CO alarm in the following locations:
- Within 10 feet of anybody sleeping
- Every room adjacent containing a fuel-burning appliance
- On any story within a two-story building above or below a story containing a fuel-burning appliance
- Every lobby, corridor, hall adjacent to a room with a fuel-burning appliance in the immediate vicinity of any ventilated shaft including stair shafts, ventilation shafts, elevator shafts, and any others on the story with the fuel-burning appliance
There are a few exceptions with guest rooms found one-story above or below a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage and guest rooms not connected by a common duct to any room.
In addition, businesses found in the following categories will also need to follow specific carbon monoxide alarm requirements:
- Assembly 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
- Factory High-Hazard
If your building falls into one of these categories, you will need to have a carbon monoxide alarm in these locations:
- Every room adjacent to a room with a fuel-burning appliance and every hall, lobby or corridor adjacent to such room
- On any story within two stories above or below a story with a fuel-burning appliance
- In the immediate vicinity of any ventilated shaft including stair shafts, ventilation shafts or elevator shafts on the story with a fuel-burning appliance
- In the first area served by any main duct leaving the area where a fuel-burning appliance is located.
The exceptions include repair garages, large-drop battery charring areas and unconditioned spaces where a detector could be exposed to ambient conditions outside of normal operating conditions. There are several other exceptions and the regulations can be a bit difficult to understand.
How to Make Sure You’re in Compliance New Jersey Law
If you run a business in New Jersey and you want to make sure you remain in compliance with the new laws, you need professional help. Hiring a professional to assess your business and install your CO detection system will ensure you’re set up for success. You don’t have to read through the confusing regulations and try to figure it out yourself. Let a professional that handles CO alarm systems daily set you up for success. Call AC Daughtry at 973-335-3931
Benefits of Installing a Carbon Monoxide Detection System
Just installing the alarms is fine, but having a full system is a better choice. In most cases, CO detectors can be included as a part of a full security system including protection for break-ins, fire and more. With a full, monitored system, you will not only have an alarm that will go off if carbon monoxide is detected, but the system will also alert a central monitoring station to ensure emergency response teams are on the way.
When it comes to carbon monoxide, every second counts. It doesn’t take long for this silent killer to go to work. If you want to fully protect your business, remain compliant with New Jersey state laws and protect everybody working in your business, you need a full CO detection system.
Not only will you be protected from this odorless, colorless and toxic gas but you won’t have to worry about the air quality reaching dangerous levels. Often CO will kill you before you’re aware of it, which makes it very dangerous. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/carbon-monoxides-impact-indoor-air-quality
The peace of mind you will gain by knowing your business is protected is priceless. You won’t have to worry about being the next business on the news due to a deadly carbon monoxide attack. Gas leaks happen and even though you may think it will never happen to you, it’s a very dangerous situation. You don’t want to lose your best employees or your own life because you didn’t have a good carbon monoxide detection system.
A news story out of Portage, Wisconsin shows the possible danger of carbon monoxide. Without a good CO detection system, you could watch your business fall to the ground as employees are injured or killed due to a carbon monoxide leak. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, get your CO detection system installed today and become compliant with the New Jersey laws.
If you have any questions about the CO2 compliance of your business, please call AC Daughtry at 973-335-3931 and one of our security experts will be able to assist you.