Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is both odorless and colorless. It is generated as a byproduct of combustion from:
- Natural gas and propane appliances such as stoves, water heaters, space heaters, and furnaces.
- Gasoline and diesel engines found on cars, boats, and generators.
- Wood fireplaces and gas inserts.
- Fires and other forms of combustion.
Since carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, the alarm from a CO detector is to only way to know if you are being exposed before it’s too late. CO detectors can be either battery powered or plug directly into a wall outlet. Combination units are also available that contain both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in a single unit.
How to install carbon monoxide detectors:
- Install at least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home.
- Put a CO detector in or near each bedroom of your home.
- Write the date purchased on the back of each alarm.
- Since carbon monoxide doesn’t rise like smoke, CO detectors can be installed at any height in the room, including being plugged directly into a wall outlet.
- Write the replacement date replace on each battery and change batteries as needed or every 6 to 12 months.
- Clean CO detectors yearly by gently vacuuming or blow detectors out with canned air.
- Replace carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.