Carbon monoxide detector installation
Carbon monoxide is a leading cause of poisoning poisoning related injury and death. Proper carbon
monoxide detector installation is important.
"Do's" for carbon monoxide detector installation:
- Instal detectors in or close-to sleeping areas - where the sound of a CO alarm will readily wake up anyone
- Instal detectors on each level of a home.
- Properly fasten and instal detectors following manufacturer instructions.
- Carbon monoxide is approximately the same weight as air and will distribute throughout a room. A detector
can be placed at any height in any acceptable location, as long as the alarm can be heard.
- For extra protection, instal an additional carbon monoxide detector 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) from the
furnace as well as other fuel burning heat sources.
"Do nots" for carbon monoxide detector installation:
To avoid damaging the detector and to minimize false alarms, do not instal carbon monoxide detectors:
- in unheated basements, attics or garages
- in areas of high humidity (bathrooms, showers, laundry areas)
- where they will be exposed to chemical solvents or cleaners, including hair spray, deodorant sprays,
- near vents, flues or chimneys
- within 6 feet (2 meters) of heating and cooking appliances (they may give off a small volume of carbon
monoxide when starting up which can trigger false alarms)
- near forced- or unforced-air ventilation openings
- within 6 feet (2 meters) of corners or areas where natural air circulation is low
- where they can be bumped and damaged, such as on or near an outlet in a high traffic area
- where directly exposed to weather.
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