Installing Stand Alone CO Detectors - What Agreement Is Needed - October 21, 2015
After attending a RASIA meeting last night in Elmsford, NY and getting the low down on the murky CO law my wheels started spinning.  The general feeling was that we should not be installing stand alone CO Alarms (homeowner style) in the locations where the law says they have to go for many reasons.  Is there a installation agreement that can be made to use for us when we will be asked to do this type of install that will protect us as the requests will be coming fast and the law says that they have to do it.
Randy Ortiz
    Yes there is an agreement you should use when installing the CO detectors, stand alone or connected to the alarm system, it's the Residential All in One.  You should also use the DIsclaimer Notice with any All in One agreement [residential or commercial].   One of the things you don't want to have to do is use multiple form agreements in your business if you don't have to.  Because of consumer laws the residential agreement has to include many provisions that are not required in a commercial agreement.  Also commercial security systems and services often differ from what a residential subscriber may require.  For these reasons the residential form and commercial form are different.  Because fire alarms in commercial premises present their own issues, a commercial fire alarm and commercial fire alarm services are governed by a separate Commercial Fire Alarm Agreement.  
    The typical alarm company requires at least the Residential All in One, the Commercial All in One and the Disclaimer Notice.  If you do business with alarm.com you need the alarm.com rider in order to comply with your agreement with that vendor.
    You will find that the All in One forms do identify and itemize various equipment and services, though the forms cannot include everything offered.  For that reason the All in One form incorporates your Proposal or a Schedule of Equipment and Services in which you detail equipment and services as well as any special instructions or conditions.  
    An important feature in the Residential All in One is terminology explaining to the subscriber that though fire detection equipment may be installed the system may not be a "fire alarm system" and not installed pursuant to NFPA 72 standards.  Of course a subscriber can always request and pay for a fully compliant fire alarm system, in which event the agreement would specify as much.  
    To conclude and address the question directly, you don't need a separate agreement for CO stand alone devices because the Standard All in One forms provide the best protection you can get from your form agreements.