A carbon monoxide detector should be a part of everyone’s basic home safety program. There are basically two types of CO detectors, battery operated and electric. There are advantages with each system, and the detector that is right for you and your home should be selected based on application requirements and products specifications. However, regardless of which type of detector you choose, it should have minimum sensitivity and alarm characteristics that are defined and verified by Underwriters Laboratory.
You should never purchase or install a detector that in not UL listed. Look for the UL sticker on the appliance. If it is not there -- don't use it.
Use the checklist below to help you place the units correctly.
- All homes should have a CO detector near the sleeping area.
- Other CO detectors should be put on each level of the house and near living areas.
- A CO detector should not be placed within 15 inches of heating or cooking appliances or in a humid area, such as the bathroom.
- Unlike smoke alarms, CO detectors can be placed at any height.