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    No fossil fuel - carbon monoxide alarm needed?

    In Jersey. (And I guess elsewhere)?

    If a condo (or house) is ALL electric, would carbon monoxide detectors be required ?

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    If you have an attached garage.

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    N.J. Stat. Ann. § 55:13B-6.1 – Rooming and Boarding Houses

    Requires every unit of a rooming or boarding house be equipped with one or more carbon monoxide sensor devices unless it is determined that no potential carbon monoxide hazard exists for that unit.

    Taken from National Counsel of State legislatures.


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    Ok. This is a condo. No garage.
    No chance of CO. unless someone hooked up a hose to a car and dragged it to the third floor.

    :- /


    Thank you both for the info. Appreciated.
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    Until someone brings in a charcoal briquette barbecue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbqranch View Post
    Until someone brings in a charcoal briquette barbecue.
    Or until the power goes out in the middle of a brutal NJ winter and someone needs to crank up the kerosene heater......

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    Would the little bit of money saved really be worth it?

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    170810-2355 EDT

    Most homes contain a lot of organic materials. Organic materials contain carbon. Thus, burning of organic materials may produce CO and/or CO2.

    How do most CO detectors work, and are they selective to only CO? A heated resistive component (a thermistor for example) can detect CO or any combustable gas.

    I don't know what commercial detectors use.

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    Commercial detectors have a finite lifetime from opening the package, which suggests that there is a specific chemical reagent that reacts with CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gar View Post
    170810-2355 EDT

    Most homes contain a lot of organic materials. Organic materials contain carbon. Thus, burning of organic materials may produce CO and/or CO2.

    How do most CO detectors work, and are they selective to only CO? A heated resistive component (a thermistor for example) can detect CO or any combustable gas.

    I don't know what commercial detectors use.

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    But those organic materials are not pure carbon - they will give off other gases and particles if they burn and a smoke alarm will detect that. The primary reason for CO detectors is to detect malfunction in ventilation of gas burning appliances where they don't give off other particles during the combustion process. If you don't have such appliances there is not much need to detect this gas.

    Car in the garage - if you don't have ventilation you are going to set off such detectors frequently I would think. I also think opening the overhead door is going to provide sufficient ventilation - bottom line don't run the car with the door closed. If you were trying to kill yourself by running the car in a closed garage then you will just be upset when the CO alarm interrupts your process

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