Whether you just bought a battery operated alarm or a plug-in one, finding the right spot for your carbon monoxide (CO) detector is crucial to accurately sensing the poisonous gas and preventing fatal exposure. With your loved one’s lives depending on on the proper functioning of this detector, read the following information carefully.
Where To Install Your CO Detector
On Every Floor
Does your home have multiple levels? Are you using the basement or the attic? Then, you need a detector on every level.
CO gas often gets trapped within a single floor of your home. If CO builds up in the basement, your main level might be safe. Without a detector, you could walk down to the basement and unsuspectedly receive a dangerous dose of carbon monoxide. Stay safe, and install a CO detector on every floor.
If something goes wrong during the night, you want your CO detector to wake you up (just as you expect your smoke alarm to do). You’ll want to place the detector near the bedrooms.
Place one detector between two bedroom doors if the bedrooms are less than 30 feet apart. You might need more than one detector if they’re farther apart.
Near The Attached Garage
A dangerous level of CO can build up inside your home if a car is left running in a closed garage. You should place a detector within 10 feet of the internal door to your attached garage. If there’s a room situated directly above the garage, you should place a carbon monoxide detector there, too.
Where Not To Install Your CO Detector
On The Ceiling
You may already know that carbon monoxide is lighter than regular air. And, so, it is likely to float up toward the ceiling. Since a dangerous buildup of CO gas is usually due to heat source incorrectly burning its fuel, the heated air can form a layer near the ceiling and prevent the carbon monoxide from reaching the detector.
Mount your detector on the wall at least a couple of feet below the ceiling. For detectors with a digital read-out, place it at eye level so you can easily read it.
Near Gas Powered Appliances
To avoid false positive readings (and that the alarm only goes off when needed), place your detector at least 15 feet away from gas powered appliances such as the kitchen stove/oven, the fireplace, and a heating furnace. Avoid placing your detector in the bathroom, in direct sunlight, or close to appliances that generate heat so as to not exceed its tolerance for temperature and humidity.
Near Children or Windows
Prevent children from accidentally setting off the alarm by placing the detector on a wall above their reach. Since open windows or patio doors can create strong drafts, avoid installing the detector near them so as to reduce interference with the reading. And, don’t forget to keep the detector exposed to the room’s air. Hiding it behind curtains or other structures prevents the gas from reaching the sensor.
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