To make sure that all occupants in your home are safe, you want to carefully consider where you want your carbon monoxide detector to be located. At the very minimum, a detector needs to be installed outside all sleeping areas in the home. These carbon monoxide alarms can help save your life. Learn what they do and where to install them in your home.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
It is more commonly known as the “silent killer” because it is odourless, tasteless and colourless. It is also incredibly toxic because the gas can prevent your body from properly transporting oxygen. If carbon monoxide is inhaled in high concentration, the poisoning can happen quickly. If inhaled in small doses, it will occur when the toxic gas levels build up slowly over time.
What are Sources of Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is actually a natural byproduct of many home appliances. For example, if you use charcoal, kerosene, gasoline, propane or heating oil to create energy or heat, then there is a potential for carbon monoxide in your home.
What is a Carbon Monoxide Alarm?
Carbon monoxide detectors/CO alarms have the same function as smoke alarms. If there is carbon monoxide levels present in your home, the alarm will let out a sharp beeping sound to alert you to any danger. This is why it is important to change your CO detector batteries regularly, to ensure they are in optimal condition.
Where To Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors?
We are most vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning while we sleep. This is why it’s important to place alarms outside all possible sleeping areas. However, it is ideal to have CO alarms placed throughout your home (like you do with smoke alarms). You should place a detector in each major area:
- Living room
- Dining room
If you live in a multi-story home it is safe to have a detector installed on each level.
Besides the sleeping areas, it is safe to include a detector in the basement near the utility room (if there is a furnace located there) or if there is a bedroom in the basement. Other areas to consider are:
- The laundry room, if you have a gas clothes dryer.
- In the garage, if you park your cars there.
- Wherever you have a solid fuel-fired appliance (anything that could produce carbon monoxide).
Use this guide in mind to install the proper amount of CO alarms in the proper, recommended locations. Doing this will ensure the safety of all the living inhabitants of your home and give you a peace of mind.