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Residential Ventilation Standards May Include Carbon Monoxide Alarms
October 11, 2009

In a change that would bring its residential ventilation and indoor air quality standard closer in line with that of the 2009 International Residential Code, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is proposing that carbon monoxide alarms be required in homes.

Under a proposed addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, titled Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, carbon monoxide alarms would be required outside each sleeping area. The proposed addendum is open for public comment until Oct. 26th, 2009.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning leads to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year in homes. Such poisoning results primarily from automobiles left running in attached garages but also from portable generators, power tools and heaters, according to Emmerich. A small fraction of poisonings also result from failed central heating combustion appliances.

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