Looming Compliance Deadline Targets Silent Killer

Looming Compliance Deadline Targets Silent Killer

By Andrew Pisani

The compliance deadline for Local Law 191 of 2018 is fast approaching. This local law amended the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York city building code with respect to commercial space requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.

Commercial CO Detector Requirements

The law applies to buildings equipped with a fire alarm system that include the following occupancies:

  • Group A-1, A-2 or A-3
  • Group B
  • Group M

Existing buildings that meet these conditions must install listed carbon monoxide detectors by January 1, 2021. Carbon monoxide detectors must meet the following requirements:

  • Equipped with built-in sounder bases
  • Transmit a signal to a central supervising station
  • Permitted to trigger an audible and visual supervisory alarm at a constantly attended location

The Department of Buildings (DOB) will adopt rules and/or reference standards governing the installation and location of carbon dioxide detectors if such detectors are required in rooms containing CO-producing equipment and addressing the installation of such detectors or alternative means of compliance.

The installation of carbon monoxide detectors are filed with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) as a fire alarm application and is considered a modification of an existing system.

A Notable Compliance Exception

Carbon monoxide detectors are not required in kitchens.

Please keep in mind that this local law has nothing to do with the height of commercial buildings. Applicability is governed by type of occupancies.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or if you need assistance with FDNY filings, please contact Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.