How to Choose a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Because a safe home is the only option, we offer plenty of choices.
Now that you know a little more about the dangers of carbon monoxide, the next logical question is “what can I do to protect my home?” At Kidde, we have more answers to that question than almost anyone. We’re talking about our extensive catalog of carbon monoxide detectors, which you can view here.
Of course, before you choose your alarms, it helps to familiarize yourself with technology, features and other factors.
Things to look for in an alarm
We recommend choosing CO alarms that have the most accurate sensing technology available. CO alarms are designed to warn you when carbon monoxide levels have begun to accumulate over a period of time, and will sound before most people would experience any CO poisoning symptoms. The more accurate the alarm, the greater chance you and your family have of responding appropriately to the problem.
Below are key factors to look for when purchasing a CO alarm:
Electrochemical sensor: Alarms with electrochemical sensors are more stable during humidity and temperature changes and resist reacting to common household chemicals that may cause false readings. Kidde's CO alarms include Nighthawk™ technology, which has been proven to be the world's most accurate carbon monoxide-sensing technology based on claims by major manufacturers.
CSA-listed: CO alarms should meet the strict third-party standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Look for the CSA and Blueflame 6.19-01 marks. These guarantee the CO alarm meets all the latest and required Canadian safety standards. Kidde is the only major manufacturer whose CO alarms are tested by both UL and CSA.
Also, be sure to consider these major features: