involving CO poisoning and general public awareness of the potential danger has
resulted in nearly 40
putting into place code requirements for the installation of CO detection in
commercial sleep facilities. Silent Knight’s multi-criteria detector comprises
four separate sensors that look for smoke, CO, light/flame and heat to quickly
identify and verify a true fire event. Combining the two devices along with a
common sounder base eliminates the need for building owners to install separate
fire and CO detectors and associated equipment.
Knight’s combination fire/CO detector is a more cost-effective and simpler
solution for commercial sleep operations to meet these new safety
requirements,” said David Pakech, vice president of sales for Silent Knight’s
IntelliKnight line. “The demand for this product has been exceeding our initial
installers, demand for the combination devices is popular for a broad range of
commercial sleep operations.
facilities like apartments and hotels are asking for CO detection. Daycare
centers are as well,” said Don Johnson of Camtek, Inc., based in Spokane, Wash.
“We’re seeing new and remodels, even small remodel jobs, requesting that CO
detectors be put in.”
codes related to CO detection went into effect in 2013 in Johnson’s service
area, and largely stipulate that the detector must be connected to the
facility’s fire alarm system. According to Johnson, “gone are the days of
plug-in detectors for these places.”
Johnson also noted
new construction projects, including a new hotel he will be fitting with a new
fire alarm next month, are prime applications for combination smoke and CO
devices, like the SK-FIRE-CO. When compared to a common installation
requiring smoke and CO detection, the SK-FIRE-CO Detector and its compatible B200S
Sounder Base, replaces multiple devices, including a CO detector, a smoke
detector, a mini horn, monitor modules, three junction boxes and all of the
wire associated with each. Fewer devices equal lower equipment and labor costs,
with the added benefit of a cleaner appearance.
you have a fuel-burning appliance – a water heater, gas furnace, stove,
fireplace – you need CO detectors in and around that space,” explained Rob
Androbus from Ohio Valley Monitoring, LLC, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
of Androbus’s most recent CO detection jobs involved a three-story fraternity
house where 16 CO detectors were installed just outside each unit’s sleeping
rooms. And while that job’s requirements centered on code, Androbus notes that a
number of major franchises are putting their own CO detection mandates
big hotel chains and others are making all of their facilities comply with
their own stringent standards when it comes to CO detection. We’re even seeing
smaller, older hotels upgrading their detection,” said Androbus.
housing and hotels are two prime segments where both local and national fire
alarm codes generally require two different tones to distinguish between a fire
and CO event. The SK-FIRE-CO’s sounder base (B200S) meets this criterion, in
addition to its ability to be synchronized to nearby horns.
Working in concert with the entire line of available
IntelliKnight fire alarm systems, the B200S Sounder Base can be programmed as a
single station alarm, to sound an alarm in just one room of an apartment, for instance.
Likewise, if smoke or CO is detected by multiple detectors within the same
living quarters, the sounder bases can be programmed for a multi-station alarm,
which will activate all sounders within an area for a general evacuation of a
specific zone or an entire building – an ideal solution for healthcare
homes and assisted living facilities are leading the pack down here when it
comes to needing carbon monoxide detectors,” said Monte Guerrette from Mid-State
Fire & Systems, regarding the central Florida region. “And it’s mostly code
pushing demand here.”
detectors are a necessity for healthcare facilities, to avoid nuisance alarms
from disturbing staff and patients. To verify a true fire emergency, the SK-FIRE-CO
Detector analyzes four criteria: smoke,
CO, light/flame and heat. Due to its high rejection rate of nuisance alarms,
the SK-FIRE-CO is also ideal for challenging smoke detection environments, such
as night clubs with theatrical smoke, and construction areas containing large
amounts of dust.
Silent Knight equipment is built on a non-proprietary platform and sold through
security wholesalers nationwide, ensuring competitive pricing and readily
available parts. The SK-FIRE-CO is the ONLY combined fire and smoke detection
device available through the security wholesale market.
www.silentknight.com for more information on the SK-FIRE-CO. Contact a Silent
sales manager for a product demonstration and to locate a Security
Equipment Distributor nearby.
EDITOR’S NOTE: High and
low resolution images associated with Silent Knight’s SK-FIRE-CO detector are
available in the online image gallery.