NFPA 720: Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide(CO) Detection and Warning Equipment
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What is NFPA 720?
NFPA 720: Document Scope
1.1* Scope. 1.1.1 This standard is primarily concerned with life safety, not with protection of property. 1.1.2* This standard covers the selection, design, application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment in buildings and structures. 1.1.3 This standard contains requirements for the selection, installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment that detects concentrations of carbon monoxide that could pose a life safety risk to most occupants in buildings and structures.
NFPA 720 contains requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detection and warning equipment intended to protect lives by warning occupants of the presence of CO in sufficient time to allow occupants to escape or take other appropriate action. Official document scope
What does NFPA 720 address?
This standard contains requirements for the performance, installation, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of CO detection and warning equipment. These requirements address installations of commercial systems and components as well as installations of single- and multiple-station CO alarms and household CO detection systems. This standard does not establish the mandate to install CO detection and warning equipment but it does serve as an installation standard to be used when CO detection and warning equipment is installed in buildings or structures for any reason.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 720, 2012 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
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Report on Comments (ROC)
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ROC Ballot
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Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
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