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.

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  1. The best location for carbon monoxide detectors is near bedrooms so that you can be awoken by the sound of the siren when the alarm detects carbon monoxide in your home. Knowing where to properly place your carbon monoxide alarm is crucial. I read once that one should also be careful not to install them less than ten feet away from fuel-burning appliances or stoves but I guess it also depends on the security device you are using.

  2. There is confusion as to at what height the alarm should be placed on the wall. Some say it should be placed at the bottom of the wall and some say it should be placed about 12 inches from the ceiling. Would you please give the best advice on this.
    Thanks

  3. To whom it may concern

    There is confusion as to at what height the alarm should be placed on the wall. Some say it should be placed at the bottom of the wall and some say it should be placed about 12 inches from the ceiling. Would you please give the best advice on this.

    Regards
    Alex

    • Hi, Jean,
      If the unit doesn’t need a battery, it may be time to replace the unit.
      Consider the detector’s age when making this decision.
      Thanks for your question!

    • Hi, Jerry,
      We recommend contacting the manufacturer for product-specific questions.
      According to the National Fire Protection Association, carbon monoxide alarms “shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms,” and each alarm “shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.”
      Stay safe!

      Good luck!

  4. PEOPLE REMEMBER CO2 weights more than air ( PUT YOUR DECTORS DOWN LOW TO GET THE MOST WARRING out of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

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