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NJESA ADVISORY ALERT: Adopted Carbon Monoxide Regulations Clarification

Due to inaccurate information circulating, there has been some confusion regarding the effective date and requirements of the adopted carbon monoxide regulations.

On June 5, 2017, NJ adopted changes to the Fire Safety Code Subchapter 4. 5:70-4.9 automatic fire and carbon monoxide alarms. The adopted changes go into effect 90 days after the adoption date so the effective date is September 3, 2017. There is a grace period of 6 months to comply with the regulations without a penalty from a code official. They can issue recommend notices to comply with the new adopted regulations. Enforcement problems can be directed to NJ DCA – Division of Codes and Standards at 609-292-7898 or 7899.

NJESA will be conducting carbon monoxide classes during the summer to update you on the newly adopted regulations. Classes will be CEU approved. Please check the website ( for further details.

The requirements for carbon monoxide detection at N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.9(d) shall apply to all Use Groups, other than newly constructed buildings at the time of initial occupancy, regardless of their state of compliance with the Uniform Construction Code.

o Carbon monoxide alarms may be battery operated, hard wired or of the plug-in type.

o System installation shall comply with NFPA 720 and with the Uniform Construction Code and permitting.

o Carbon monoxide and fire alarms may be incorporated into a common monitored system.

o Carbon monoxide detectors shall be listed in accordance with UL 2075.

Source: New Jersey Electronic Security Association

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