If you use a gas furnace or any other fuel-burning appliance, correctly placed carbon monoxide detectors are a must. A home with an attached garage should also have these potentially life-saving devices installed.
Where to Put Your Detectors
Every floor of your home should have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Install one within at least 10 feet of every bedroom or sleeping area. Placing CO detectors near where you sleep is critical for your safety. If a leak occurs while you’re awake, you’ll notice symptoms such as a headache and nausea. While you’re asleep, however, you can fall unconscious and die without ever waking from the symptoms. The detector will wake you while you can still get out of the house.
If you have an attached garage, install a CO detector inside your home near the door leading to the garage. Carbon monoxide from a car, gas lawnmower or other equipment accidentally left idling can enter your home in large enough quantities to harm you.
Where Not to Put Your Detectors
Because carbon monoxide detectors are sensitive to heat and humidity, they must be kept at least 15 feet from heating and cooking appliances as well as humid locations such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Avoid keeping the detector behind furniture or curtains and keep it out of drafty areas, such as near a window you often leave open. These locations make it harder for the device to sense the presence of CO gas.
That said, there are times when you should place a CO detector in the same room as a fuel-burning appliance. For example, if your furnace or gas water heater is in the basement or you have a laundry room with a gas clothes dryer, install a CO detector there, but keep the detector 15 feet from the appliance itself.
For more information on carbon monoxide detectors, check out Davis Air Conditioning in Lawton and Duncan.
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