You’ve taken the first step to protecting your family from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and bought your CO detector. You know that a CO detector is the only thing that can keep you and your guests safe from this odorless, tasteless and colorless gas.

But you’re still wondering, “Where is the best place to install my new CO detector?” It’s important to remember that CO detectors should be kept on every level of the home, directly outside of bedrooms and in common areas, and away from gas appliances to prevent any false alarms. You can even wire your detectors together so that if one is triggered, they all sound to alert everyone in the home.

Here’s a helpful diagram to help you decide where to install it:

 

 

 

 

 

Other Carbon Monoxide safety tips to keep in mind: 

  • Check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall 
  • Replace your CO detector every five years 
  • If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator have an expert service it. An odor from your gas refrigerator can mean it could be leaking CO 
  • Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal – red, gray, black, or white – gives off CO 
  • Never use a gas range or oven for heating. Using a gas range or oven for heating can cause a buildup of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper 

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