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What should I know about getting a carbon monoxide detector?

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Buy alarms that are certified by a testing laboratory. Follow the instructions about installation. Here are a few other guidelines:

  • Detectors should go on each level of the home and outside each sleeping area.
  • Test the alarms once a month.
  • If you have multiple alarms, connect them all together. That way, if one of them detects trouble, they all go off.
  • Before there’s any trouble, ask your fire department for the number to call if the alarm goes off.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Carbon dioxide poisoning.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carbon monoxide poisoning.” “Emphysema.”

National Fire Protection Association: “Carbon monoxide.”

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: “The Invisible Killer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Carbon dioxide poisoning.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carbon monoxide poisoning.” “Emphysema.”

National Fire Protection Association: “Carbon monoxide.”

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: “The Invisible Killer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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