Division of Hotels and Restaurants
Carbon Monoxide Detectors FAQ
All information on this page is current and was last reviewed by the division on July 31, 2012.
1. Q: Who has to comply with this law?
A: Section 509.211(4), Florida Statutes, applies to public lodging establishments that have "a boiler regulated under chapter 554 which is fired by the direct application of energy from the combustion of fuels and that is located in any portion of a public lodging establishment that also contains sleeping rooms." Contact the Division of State Fire Marshal to find out if your public lodging establishment must comply with this law.
2. Q: What are the installation requirements for a carbon monoxide detector in a lodging establishment?
A: Florida law requires at least one carbon monoxide detector in the enclosed space or room that contains the boiler. Each carbon monoxide detector to be integrated into the establishment’s existing fire detection system. The Division of State Fire Marshal is responsible for adopting rules on carbon monoxide sensor device installation requirements.
3. Q: Is there an alternative to installing carbon monoxide detector(s)?
A: Yes. The law allows establishments to mitigate carbon monoxide hazards instead of installing carbon monoxide detector(s). The Division of State Fire Marshal is responsible for determining when carbon monoxide hazards have been adequately mitigated.
4. Q: The Division of Hotels and Restaurants cited me for not having carbon monoxide detector(s). Do I still have to correct that violation?
A: The division will not cite that violation at the next inspection. However, the law is still in effect. Contact the Division of State Fire Marshal to find out what you must do to comply with this law.