NFPA 720: Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment

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2015 NFPA 720
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Manufacture, install, inspect, and maintain CO detection and warning equipment using the 2015 NFPA 720.

The 2015 edition of NFPA 720: Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment provides updated rules for installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment in all types of structures.

Changes benefit the public and personnel involved with CO equipment -- from manufacturers to first responders.

This edition has been revised to make CO equipment more effective and reliable. Everyone from manufacturers to installers, maintainers, inspectors, and emergency personnel needs to know about updates in this edition:

  • New personnel qualifications in Chapter 4 are more specific to CO systems to help ensure personnel are capable of the job.
  • Revised requirements in Chapter 5 and Chapter 9 allow more than one tone for audible CO alarm signals, giving manufacturers greater flexibility.
  • Reformatted inspection and testing tables in Chapter 8 align with NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code to improve usability for inspection and testing professionals.
  • New secondary power supply standby capacity of 24 hours for CO alarms and Household CO Systems provides for a longer period of power outage. This change from 8 hours to 24 hours in Chapter 9 benefits consumers by assuring longer CO alarms operation in emergencies.
  • Revised provisions in Chapter 9 for CO alarms and Household CO Systems addressing distinctive alarm signals clarify that CO, fire, and other alarm signals must use different audible signals.
  • New Annex C Guidelines for Emergency Responders give direct emergency responders access to resources useful during CO events.

Update your knowledge and be prepared to install equipment that will function as intended to warn people if dangerous CO levels are present. (Softbound, 83 pp., 2015)

NFPA<sup>®</sup> 720 Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment 2015 Edition

NFPA® 720 Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Equivalency
1.5 Units of Measure
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Fundamentals of Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
4.1 Application
4.2 Purpose
4.3 Equipment
4.4 Personnel Qualifications
4.5 Power Supplies
4.6 Distinctive Signals
4.7 Alarm Signals
4.8 Supervisory Signals
4.9 Trouble Signals
4.10 [Carbon Monoxide] Control Function Status Indicators
4.11 Performance and Limitations
4.12 Annunciation and Annunciation Zoning
4.13 Monitoring Integrity
4.14 Documentation
Chapter 5 Protected Premises Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
5.1 Application
5.2 General
5.3 System Features
5.4 System Performance and Integrity
5.5 Performance of Initiating Device Circuits (IDCs)
5.6 Performance of Signaling Line Circuits (SLCs)
5.7 Performance of Notification Appliance Circuits (NACs)
5.8 System Requirements
5.9 Signal Annunciation
5.10 Off-Premises Signals
5.11 Protected Premises Carbon Monoxide Control Functions
5.12 Special Requirements for Low-Power Radio (Wireless) Systems
Chapter 6 Notification Appliances for Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
6.1 Application
6.2 Purpose
6.3 General
6.4 Audible Characteristics
6.5 Visible Characteristics — Public Mode
6.6 Visible Characteristics — Private Mode
6.7 Supplementary Visible Signaling Methods
6.8 Textual Audible Appliances
6.9 Textual and Graphical Visible Appliances
6.10 Tactile Appliances
6.11 Standard Emergency Service Interface
Chapter 7 Off-Premises Signal Transmission
7.1 Application
7.2 General
7.3 Prearranged Testing
7.4 Operation and Record Keeping
Chapter 8 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
8.1 Application
8.2 General
8.3 Inspection
8.4 Testing
8.5 Maintenance
8.6 Records
8.7 Single- and Multiple-Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms
8.8 Household Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
Chapter 9 Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
9.1 Application
9.2 Purpose
9.3 Basic Requirements
9.4 Required Protection
9.5 Power Supplies
9.6 Equipment Performance
9.7 Installation
9.8 Maintenance and Testing
9.9 Markings and Instructions
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Annex C Guidelines for Emergency Responders
Annex D Informational References