Home Protection Systems

Fire Protection Systems

Cordillera's design guidelines require that fire sprinkler systems be installed in each Cordillera residence. Additionally, fire code requires homes with fire sprinkler systems to have fire alarm systems. 

Knox Box

Local fire codes also require that all buildings with fire alarm systems also have a "Knox Box" which is a high-security key safe that allows first responders to quickly enter the home without forcing entry. Keys and medical cards are stored at the entrance of your home in order to avoid potential delay and damage to property when they are responding to emergencies.

As a homeowner it is imperative that you contact the Eagle River Fire Protection District to ensure that the keys and information in the Knox Box on your home are current. They are the only ones who can access your Knox Box using a secure key that they are the sole owner. Eagle River Fire Protection District can be reached at 970-736-9665.

Environmental Alarms

Fire alarm systems as well as numerous other devices are available to assist property owners with monitoring conditions inside their homes such as temperature, humidity, water leaks, water flows, gas leaks and high levels of carbon monoxide. Cordillera suggests that homeowners utilize environmental monitoring devices to protect their properties. Alarm systems should be checked annually to ensure that they function as designed and to minimize conditions for false alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

A carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide (CO) gas in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a colorless, tasteless and odorless compound often referred to as the "silent killer" because it is virtually undetectable by humans without using detection technology.  

Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms do not last forever. The detecting components will lose their effectiveness after 5 to 7 years and may no longer detect carbon monoxide. COSTAR recommends replacing their CO alarms every 6 years or sooner.

Low/High Temperature Alarms

Devices can be installed to notify an owner if the temperature is too low or too high. During the winter, public safety will treat low temperature alarms as emergencies as this may indicate an issue with the heating system or an open window. Low temperature devices should be installed in the cooler areas of the residence.

Water Leaks and Water Flow

Several companies make systems to monitor water leaks or unusual water flows and, when activated, turn off the water. Most of these systems can be connected to the alarm system so that the property owner is notified when the system is activated. Manufacturers include Water Cop, FloLogic and Hydrocom. 

Freezing Pipes

Frozen and broken pipes, both in fire sprinkler systems and domestic water lines, account for a large amount of property damage in Cordillera. Annual inspections of the fire sprinkler system help ensure your system will function as designed and that the fluids in the pipes will not freeze.

Residential fire sprinkler systems contain glycol or glycerin to protect the pipes from freezing. Contact the local Fire Marshall at 970-949-5064 for information on allowable levels of antifreeze and to have your system checked. 

Backflow Devices

Backflow devices are designed to prevent contaminated water from flowing into the domestic water system. Fire sprinkler and lawn sprinkler systems must have backflow devices that are tested annually, due to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements that have been delegated to state and local authorities. In Cordillera, the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (ERWSD) is the authority charged with tracking compliance. Property owners who do not comply with this requirement can expect a letter, and possible action, from ERWSD.

Pressure Reducing Valves

Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) protect plumbing systems from water pressure surges that originate outside of the property. Properties that do not have PRVs can experience damage to appliances, faucets, hot water heaters and fire sprinkler heads from water pressure surges.

ERWSD requires that all water systems have PRVs. Some older Cordillera are not equipped with a PRV on the fire system. These systems should have a PRV installed.

It is recommended to have your PRV checked yearly by a licensed contractor to ensure the valve is working properly