monoxide (CO) is a gas created when combustion fuels—gasoline,
natural gas, oil, propane, coal, wood, charcoal—burn incompletely.
Sources include furnaces, boilers, and space heaters, vehicles,
gas ranges, gas water heaters, wood or gas fireplaces, and charcoal
your heating appliances and fireplace checked annually.
burn a charcoal grill indoors or in an attached garage, even with
the door open.
idling vehicles or running generators in an attached garage, even
with the door open.
using kerosene or gas space heaters in the home. If it's unavoidable,
open a window while the heater is in use.
CO detectors in your house.
to look for
digital readout of the CO level
backup for plug-in AC models
alarms for low-level and high-level readings
a minimum, install one near each sleeping area.
yet, install one on each level of the house, including the
detectors can be mounted at any level on the wall or on the
ceiling, unless specified otherwise by the manufacturer.
not install a CO detector in the kitchen.
with smoke alarms, test your CO alarm once a month.
the alarm free of dust and cobwebs.
batteries or power packs as recommended by the manufacturer.