Guidelines – ICC Strengthens CO, Smoke Detector Codes

The International Code Council’s carbon monoxide and smoke detection revisions significantly change device installation and monitoring requirements.

The International Code Council (ICC) has published new requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detection and revised requirements for smoke detectors. These provisions are covered in the ICC’s International Residential Code (IRC) for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses and occurred when the ICC membership overturned two recommendations of the IRC committee.

The ICC implements the IRC as a model code regulation, which is proposed, debated and created for adoption and implementation in municipalities, counties and states that enforce building code regulations. The ICC codes are rapidly becoming the “code of choice” for state and local governments that adopt and enforce building code standards.

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