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Does the Nest Protect system meet current building code standards for a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm system?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The second generation of Nest Protect® appears to meet the standards of the Residential Edition of The Florida Building Code (FBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), based on their compliance with required NFPA 72, UL 217, and UL 2034. The earlier version was not hard-wired, so it would not be acceptable.

   Here’s a compliance listing from a Nest Protect White Paper about its design and capabilities. 

    The system would also have to be installed at locations required by the code, which is in the hall or access room to each sleeping room, in each sleeping room, and on each floor of a multilevel house.

     You can verify that the unit is 2nd Generation by looking at the side profile: 1st Generation has an angular edge, and 2nd Generation is rounded.

    Also, the 2nd Generation will have a small green light on the face that is continuously lit, unless there is a wiring problem or the house power is off. 

    Also, see our blog post Where are smoke alarms required to be located?

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about SAFETY:

• Does all tempered glass have a label?

• What is the best place to install carbon monoxide alarms (CO detectors) in a house? 

• Why is it important to use "cabinet screws" to mount the upper cabinets in the kitchen?

• Is the door between an attached garage and the house required to have a closer (self-closing device)?

• When was a solid wood door first required between the garage and house? 

• Can the smoke sensors in a home security/fire alarm system replace the smoke alarms required by the building code?

• Should I get a lightning rod system to protect my house? 

• What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?

• What is aging in place? 

• How do I safely remove a dead rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) from the attic?

• Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor device inside? 

• What is the minimum height of a ceiling fan above the floor?

• Should a smoke alarm be installed in the kitchen? 

• Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

• Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?

• What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries? 

• Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in homes in Florida?

• Are old vinyl tile floors dangerous?  

• How can I use safety checks to limit my tenant liability for a rental house?

• Do you inspect for trip hazards around the home? 

• When should I replace my smoke alarms?

• Why is an anti-tip device now required behind the range? 

• What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic? 

• What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

• What is the difference between a handrail and a guardrail? 

Why are window security bars dangerous?

• How can formaldehyde gas in a house be a problem?  

       Visit our SAFETY page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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