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Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement - The Best Place to Put Your CO detector

By Edited Jun 1, 2015 0 0

Most people with CO detectors want to know about carbon monoxide detector placement to make sure they are protected at the first sign of CO exposure. As most people know carbon monoxide has been often referred to as the silent killer in that it is odorless, colorless and increasingly hard to detect. Low levels can cause hallucinations, headaches, memory loss, nausea and irritability. Higher levels of carbon monoxide, as commonly known, can be deadly. Carbon monoxide can come from any form: a faulty furnace, wood burning stoves, exhaust from a vehicle, electrical generators, lawn mowers, etc. Houseboats have even proven to be deadly with their generators and propulsion engines.

So where is Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement Most Effective in Your Home?

1.  Multiple CO Detectors in Large Homes:

If you have a larger home and are concerned with carbon monoxide detector placement to help you to be able to respond quickly at the first level of exposure.  You should consider having CO detectors on various levels and floors of your home particularly if your home is larger, avoiding hotter spaces like directly near fireplace or kitchen-which could most likely result in a false reading. Having multiple CO detectors is important in that CO exposure doesn’t necessarily have to occur when you are sleeping. You could alert in any part of your home and during any time of the day when they are placed throughout a larger home.

2. In the Same Room and on the Ceiling  on the Same level as a Fuel Burning Appliance:

It is important that your carbon monoxide detector is placed on the ceiling and in the same room of a fuel burning appliance as CO poisoning often comes from fuel burning appliances.

3.  Main Bedrooms:

Often time people succumb to CO poisoning in their sleep. Thusly you should consider carbon monoxide detector placement near a bedroom. It’s imperative that you’re able to actually hear the detector when it goes off to warn you of increased levels of CO exposure. Of course you should always test the CO detector to make sure it is loud enough for you and your family to hear near a bedroom during your sleep.


Other Warnings for CO Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement:

1. If your CO detector is connected to an AC outlet make sure you also have a battery backup in your carbon monoxide device.

2. The best placement of a carbon monoxide detector is on every inhabited floor in your home.

3.  Remember if you get a combined smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector, some of the older units had a natural CO monoxide life span of 2 years and both needed to be replaced. But now technology is expanding the natural lifespan for 7 years. Make sure you know which kind of CO detector you have and what the life is supported by the device.

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