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Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced as a by-product of burning something. It is a silent, rapid killer. Every year, far too many people die from this one thing. CO cannot be detected by normal human senses. Therefore, it is paramount that everyone have at least one CO detector in their home. If you have an RV, enclosed boat or a cabin, make sure they have them too.

Make sure its battery is charged. Keep spare batteries of the correct size for your CO detectors. There are some CO detectors that stay plugged into a socket in your home and this keeps them charged and can be ready if needed, whether power is available or not. Compared to the unmeasurable cost of the loss of a life, the cost of one or more CO detectors in your home is worth it. Be sure to place them where people can be alerted by them. For example, the master bedroom would be a good spot for one.

Do not install CO detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances because appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A CO detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances.

Since CO is about the same density as ambient air, you may think that it does not matter whether it is located high (like a smoke alarm) or low (where standard electrical receptacles are). However, consider that CO is usually associated with heated air and that it may move it up. So, consider placing your CO detector as high as possible. Check with your CO detector's owner's manual to be sure.

Most CO detectors will emit a loud shrill sound if they detect CO. Some may even produce or blink a light. Be sure that the kind that you get can be sensed by those in your home. For example, if someone in your home is hearing impaired, be sure to get one that emits a bright light, or can in some other way alert people.

What To Do If The CO Detector Alerts

If you find yourself in a CO situation, get everyone out of the house immediately. Fresh air first, then call for help. It may not be sufficient to just open the doors and windows, GO OUTSIDE. Have everyone checked by medical professionals. After everyone is out, do not reenter the house until cleared by first responders.

If you need to search the house for people or pets and you have SCUBA gear, this would be a good time to use it.

Be sure to include the CO detector and what to do about it in all fire drill training that you teach your family.

If you have pets that are capable, train them in things they can do in the event the detector goes off. It just might save a life!

Below are some links to CO Detectors.

Plug-in Detectors

CO Detector Only

If you plan to use a wall receptacle to plug in your CO Detector, try these links:


Hardwired Detectors

Combined Smoke Alarm and CO Detector

If you plan to hardwire your Combined Smoke Alarm and CO Detector, try this link:

Battery Operated Detectors

CO Detector Only

If you do not have a wall receptacle to plug in your CO Detector, try these links:


Combined Smoke Alarm and CO Detector

If you need a battery operated Combined Smoke Alarm and CO Detector, try these links:



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