Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

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See question below. Can one of these smoke detectors in a bedroom be a combination smoke/CO?

Poll ended at Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:33 pm

Yes
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78%
No
4
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Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby forumadmin » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:10 am

With more than one bedroom on a floor of a residential dwelling, can one of the smoke detectors in a bedroom be a combination smoke/CO?
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby Patrick Parsley » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:03 am

If the bedrooms are within 10 feet of each other and the alarm is installed according to instructions. yes
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby nickcarver » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:19 am

I would agree with Pat-----100%
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby RDavidson » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:11 pm

I disagree with Patrick but I think Nick nailed it right on the head!
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby Patrick Parsley » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:11 pm

whatever Mr Davidson. :)
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby TCole » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:47 am

I disagree. You would need to install one in each bedroom. If bedrooms are located in separate areas (on the same level), additional carbon monoxide alarms would be necessary within ten (10) feet of these areas. In lieu of installing [u]multiple CO alarms in the hallway[/u], a separate CO could be installed inside each sleeping room. See state fire marshal web site on CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS –MINNESOTA STATUTE 299F.50 for more information.
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby Patrick Parsley » Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:03 am

I read the same information from the fire marshals web site and interepret it differently. (imagine that). I do not apply "in each bedroom" unless the bedrooms are "in separate areas" as stated in that memo. For me that would be more than 10feet apart for the alarm in one of the bedrooms or more than 20feet apart for a co detector in the hall.
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby Chuck Tatro » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:51 pm

It has been explained by the city fire inspector that if a CO detector is placed inside of a bedroom, each bedroom will require a CO detector. A property owner can install one CO detector in the hall provided the detector is within 10 feet of each bedroom.
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Re: Combination Smoke Detectors/CO

Postby Steve Nelson » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:13 am

i agree with rick and nick. sorry pat. unfortunately, i think what the code says and what some want it to say are two different things. the code says within 10 feet of bedrooms. it doesn't say in the hall. it is of MY opinion, if they install a co detector in a bedroom in accordance with the installation instructions and that detector is within 10 feet of the other bedrooms, it complies. otherwise, change the language. thats what you get when your elected officials write code.
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