Carbon Monoxide Detector Buying Guide
It's vital to have a carbon monoxide detector to keep you and your family safe. Carbon monoxide forms when bio-fuels don't completely combus, many of which are used at home. It's an odourless, colourless, and toxic gas, and carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in just minutes. Get a carbon monoxide detector for early warning and protection.
Finding a New Carbon Monoxide Detector
We have many kinds of carbon monoxide detectors. Keep your home and family as safe as possible with an alarm that warns you at the earliest stage.
Where to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Unlike smoke, which rises because it's hot, carbon monoxide mixes with the air around it and detectors can be installed at any height or location. The only exception to this is if it's a combination smoke/CO detector, in which case it would have to be installed on or near ceilings, according to the manufacturer's specifications.
Good locations to place the unit include:
- Close to where people sleep so they can be quickly and easily notified in case of emergency. At the very minimum, one on each floor should be installed, including the basement (15-20 feet away from the furnace or fuel burning heat source).
- Near fuel-burning appliances, so it can detect incomplete combustion at the earliest stages.
- About five metres away from cooking or heating appliances so false alarms are minimized. If you're using an appliance that can emit carbon monoxide, like a gas stove, the five-metre rule doesn't apply.
- In an area free of covering or obstruction so the unit can accurately detect carbon monoxide.
How to Maintain Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Additional Features of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Safety Tips & Pointers
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