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Carbon monoxide detector placement

Carbon monoxide is a leading cause of poisoning deaths and poisoning related injury. Proper carbon monoxide detector placement is critical to the reliable functioning of the detector.

"Do's" for carbon monoxide detector placement:

  • Place detectors in or near sleeping areas - where the sound of an alarm will easily wake people up

  • Place detectors on each level of a residence

  • Place detectors as per manufacturer instructions

  • Carbon monoxide is roughly the same weight as air and over time distributes throughout a room, so a detector can be placed at any height in any acceptable location - preferably at eye level and definitely where the alarm can be easily heard

  • For added protection, place a carbon monoxide detector 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) from the furnace as well as other fuel burning sources

"Do nots" for carbon monoxide detector placement:

To avoid damage to the detector and to reduce false alarms, do not place 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, etc.

  • near vents, flues or chimneys

  • within 6 ft (2 meters) of heating and cooking appliances (which can 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 ft (2 meters) of corners or areas where natural air circulation is low

  • where they can be bumped and damaged

  • where directly exposed to weather

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