Simplex adds CO detection

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif.--SimplexGrinnell believes the demand for carbon monoxide detectors--which surged in recent years as 12 states adopted laws requiring CO detectors in residences--will continue and CO detectors will become more widely used in commercial applications.
As a result, SimplexGrinnell decided to introduce at the ASIS 2006 show a CO detection kit that may be installed new or added to an existing fire alarm system.
"Our feeling is that our customers prefer to have CO detectors connected to fire alarm [and security] systems," said John Haynes, SimplexGrinnell director of marketing said.
The benefits, Haynes explained, include the following: constant supervision; if it's connected to the fire panel it will trigger the notification appliance of the fire system and increase the chance of waking up sleeping people; and, the system will have another layer of safety if it's monitored by a central station because the alarm will transmit outside the building
If it's added to a fire system, the "CO detector becomes an addressable point on the panel know so you will know where it's located if an alarm comes in," he said.
The first installation of this product will be in SimplexGrinnell's backyard in a Massachusetts college, where because of the new laws requiring CO detectors, people have been waiting for it to become UL listed.