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NOTE: DOES NOT COMPLY WITH NEW COLORADO LAW,
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This review is from: First Alert CO600 Plug In Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Tools & Home Improvement)
I just ordered this item for a rental unit and was informed by my property manager that this specific model does NOT comply with Colorado law, which requires plug-in units to have a battery back-up. If you are ordering in this to comply with new state regulations, make sure you are buying the right model. I've asked Amazon to note it on the website, but thought I'd just alert everyone in the mean time.
I have put a 1 star on this product purely to call attention to the fact that Colorado require battery backup plug-in carbon monoxide alarms, and all buyers should verify the requirement in their respective states. Recently, my claim has been put to question, so I feel compelled to respond.
In the very first section of CO House Bill 09-1091, (1)-(c), it states clearly that if a carbon monoxide alarm is a device that if plugs into an electrical outlet (which is the case of this specific product), must also have a battery backup (which this product does not offer). See below:
(1) "CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM" MEANS A DEVICE THAT DETECTS CARBON MONOXIDE AND THAT:
(a) PRODUCES A DISTINCT, AUDIBLE ALARM;
(b) IS LISTED BY A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, INDEPENDENT PRODUCT-SAFETY TESTING AND CERTIFICATION LABORATORY TO CONFORM TO THE STANDARDS FOR CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS ISSUED BY SUCH LABORATORY OR ANY SUCCESSOR STANDARDS;
(c) IS BATTERY POWERED, PLUGS INTO A DWELLING'S ELECTRICAL OUTLET AND HAS A BATTERY BACKUP, IS WIRED INTO A DWELLING'S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND HAS A BATTERY BACK-UP, OR IS CONNECTED TO AN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM VIA AN ELECTRICAL PANEL; AND
(d) MAY BE COMBINED WITH A SMOKE DETECTING DEVICE IF THE COMBINED DEVICE COMPLIES WITH APPLICABLE LAW REGARDING BOTH SMOKE DETECTING DEVICES AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS AND THAT THE COMBINED UNIT PRODUCES AN ALARM, OR AN ALARM AND VOICE SIGNAL, IN A MANNER THAT CLEARLY DIFFERENTIATES BETWEEN THE TWO HAZARDS.
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2010 2:23:36 PM PST
Brad J. Pollard says:
you give it a one star because it doesn't comply with colorado law?!? it is your responsibility to know what colorado law is! giving it one star because you are ill-informed is ridiculous.
Posted on Aug 29, 2010 5:25:49 AM PDT
E. Gordon says:
Whether or not the product complies with a particular state law is not the point...it still doesn't have battery back-up, and I for one am glad that a reviewer has pointed this out!
Seeing the one-star review caught my attention, and made we want to read what the problem was. Regardless of the law in my state, I'm not going to buy this product because it's not as safe as those WITH battery backup. If the power goes out, this carbon monoxide alarm is useless. I'll choose a product that I can be assured will work ALL the time.
THANK YOU D. GRAHAM for your helpful review!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2010 9:45:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 4, 2010 9:46:52 AM PDT
Are we reviewing the writer or the product????????? The lack of battery backup may be a crucial con if alternate heating methods are employed during power loss. You would need the protection even more so. Have your own generator or your power new goes out ---- then who cares about the battery.
The writer alerted people that some states have codes that would prohibit landlord use. I would want to know all about the product begfore I buy...
Posted on Oct 22, 2010 2:16:16 PM PDT
I don't quite get this review. there are multiple CO detector models. model with battery backup, models with LCD display. So instead of complaining there's no battery backup, why not buy one that come with the battery backup?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2011 11:14:53 AM PST
Then read the info as stated on each product. That is what is for. One star is for faulty products. Duh
Posted on Jan 30, 2011 11:02:58 AM PST
Sounds like you might have waited too long to get this detector. :)
Posted on Feb 16, 2011 11:46:16 AM PST
Amazon Pro Shopper says:
THANK YOU for mentioning the lack of battery back up! Important info that buyers should consider.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2011 11:27:25 AM PDT
Dear E Gordon - Though I am glad that this negative review helped you, the original reviewer gave this product an unfair disadvantage. This product did not claim it had a battery back up. If it did, and then it was discovered that it indeed did not have one.....this would be good cause for a negative review. If it was otherwise faulty, or hazardous....this would also be cause or a bad review. One MUST take resposibility and do RESEARCH before purchasing products. You cannot review badly due to human error.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 8:59:16 AM PDT