Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Sources of and Clues to Possible Carbon Monoxide Problem

Do I need a carbon monoxide alarm?

If you have sources of carbon monoxide, often through an attached garage, fireplace or gas-fueled appliances, you should have an operational alarm in your home. Common sources for carbon monoxide include: furnaces, boilers, gas stoves, gas ovens, gas and wood fireplaces, water heaters, clothes dryers, wood stoves, power generators, motor vehicles, power tools, lawn equipment, and tobacco smoke.

Where should I install my carbon monoxide alarm?

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location, outside sleeping areas and on every level of the home. Follow manufacture’s guidelines for placement and mounting height.

How old is too old?

Carbon monoxide alarms can be rated for 5, 7, or 10 years, depending on the manufacture. Follow manufacture’s guidelines but when in doubt, replace the alarm.

How can I tell the age of my alarm?

Date of manufacture can be found on the back of your alarm. If the date is missing or unreadable, replace the alarm.

How do I maintain my alarm?

Test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
Replace alarms as earlier noted.

What if my carbon monoxide alarm trouble signal sounds?

Check for low batteries and replace if needed. If it continues, calls your fire department.

How do I get a carbon monoxide alarm?

Carbon monoxide alarms can be purchased at various local retailers. If you have questions or are unable to procure carbon monoxide alarms, contact us.