Why do I need a carbon monoxide alarm?

July 30, 2008

Having a carbon monoxide alarm is the only safe way to detect carbon monoxide poisoning, the colorless, odorless, tasteless and deadly gas in your home.

Every home with at least one fuel burning appliance or heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.  If the home has only one CO alarm, it should be installed in the main bedroom or in a hallway outside of the sleeping area.

It's recommended that a  carbon monoxide alarm be installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas.  Alarms should be placed at least I5 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.  Make sure nothing is covering or obstructing the unit.  Do not place the unit in dead air spaces or next to a window or door.  Test the CO alarm once a month by pressing the Test/Reset button.  Remember to unplug the unit monthly and vacuum it with a soft brush attachment, or wipe it with a clean, dry cloth to remove accumulated dust.