Anything that burns fossil fuels — from cars, gas heaters and stoves, water heaters to propane heaters and lamps — can produce carbon monoxide when the fuel isn’t burned efficiently.
Because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible, carbon monoxide (CO) is even more dangerous because victims have little warning of its presence. Given the insidious nature of the gas, CO detectors are equally as important as smoke detectors.
When it comes to protecting your home from carbon monoxide, your first line of defense is prevention. The most proactive form of prevention is through an annual service and safety inspection of your heating equipment. While checking your equipment for other problems, a certified professional can check for cracks or loose areas in ductwork near your heating equipment that could be allowing too much CO to escape.
Your next line of defense is detection. CO detectors range in feature and price, with many manufacturers offering combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors in one unit. Let’s look at some important guidelines when considering how to mount CO detectors strategically:
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