Cliff Patterson, Vice President Sales Executive
The safety and security of hotel guests are one of the most important priorities of SIA Group. Carbon monoxide has killed nearly 400 people throughout North Carolina since 2011 according to a Charlotte Observer report. Although North Carolina is among the 27 states that require carbon monoxide alarms in new homes, it did not mandate detectors in hotels.
Months after three carbon monoxide poisoning fatalities in Boone, NC, Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, together with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association and Building Code Council, persuaded legislative leaders to require North Carolina hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors near fuel-burning appliances.
Effective October 1, under Section 19 of House Bill 74, The Regulatory Reform Act, requires the North Carolina Building Code Council to adopt new code provisions requiring carbon monoxide detectors in certain places within every North Carolina lodging property. Lodging establishments must install carbon monoxide detectors in any enclosed space having a fossil fuel burning appliance, heater or fireplace and in any room that shares a common wall, ceiling or floor with an enclosed space with a fossil fuel burning appliance, heater or fireplace.
Some national hotels chains such as La Quinta Inn & Suites already require alarms to be installed at every location where there are pools with gas-fired equipment. Marriott also mandates detectors are to be placed wherever fuel-burning equipment is located within the hotel.
Smaller, or individually owned and operated establishments typically require each hotel to comply with federal, state and local laws and standards, including those related to health and safety and this change will have a direct impact on such smaller establishments. Most mid-size hotels average two to three monoxide sources. Common examples of these appliances include water heaters and gas appliances in the hotel kitchen.
It is necessary to ensure the carbon monoxide detectors installed meet new code requirements:
- Can be battery-operated or electrical
- Can also be combined with smoke detectors so long as the smoke detector complies with the above mentioned requirements and compliant with ANSI/UL217.
- Must be installed in accordance with either the standard of the National Fire Protection Association or the minimum protection designated by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer,” a colorless and odorless gas that is known to cause death or illness in minutes. SIA Group fully supports this new regulation and will continue to aim to keep our clients and each guest they serve safe throughout their hotel stay.