ELYRIA — New provisions in the Ohio Fire Code will require carbon monoxide detection in new and existing buildings for many properties, including group homes, foster homes and schools.
Elyria Assistant Fire Chief Carl Mandoke, fire marshal, said in a bulletin that the new rule goes in effect Jan. 1. They were approved and added to the provisions Dec. 15.
The new rules affect assisted living facilities, group homes, halfway houses, hospitals, foster care facilities, nursing homes, day cares for adults and children, apartments, hotels and motels and schools.
Owners of new and existing buildings that are required to have CO detection can meet the requirement either with a CO alarm or a CO detection system. Existing buildings that are required to provide CO detection must provide the detection on or before Jan 1.
The units can be battery-operated in existing buildings. This allowance for battery operations does not apply to new buildings unless commercial power is not available. For new buildings, the CO detection must be installed during the construction process.
Mandoke said Elyria firefighters responded to several carbon monoxide calls in 2017.
This includes 35 incidents with CO present and 20 carbon monoxide detector activations without carbon monoxide found.
“So far in 2018, we have responded to 14 carbon monoxide incidents with CO present and 13 carbon monoxide detector activations but no-CO-found incidents,” he said.