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January 08, 2024

Where To Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Your Brooklyn Home

Residents must protect against a variety of risks like burglary, flooding, and fire. But what about something that can’t be detected by human senses? Carbon monoxide presents a unique challenge because you may never realize it’s there. Even so, using CO detectors can easily safeguard your loved ones and property. Learn more about this potentially lethal gas and where to place carbon monoxide detectors in your Brooklyn residence.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Known as the silent killer because of its lack of odor, taste, or color, carbon monoxide is a commonly found gas produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels. Any appliance that uses fuels like a fireplace or furnace may generate carbon monoxide. Although you typically won’t have problems, complications can arise when equipment is not routinely maintained or appropriately vented. These oversights may result in an accumulation of this dangerous gas in your interior. Generators and heating appliances are commonly to blame for CO poisoning.

When in contact with minute amounts of CO, you may notice fatigue, headaches, dizziness nausea, or vomiting. Continuous exposure to high concentrations could lead to cardiopulmonary arrest, coma, and death.

Recommendations On Where To Place Brooklyn Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If your home is without a carbon monoxide detector, get one now. If possible, you should use one on every level of your home, including basements. Here are some suggestions on where to place carbon monoxide detectors in Brooklyn:

  • Place them on each level, especially in places where you use fuel-burning appliances, such as furnaces, fireplaces, gas dryers, and water heaters.
  • You should always use one within 10 feet of bedrooms. If you only get one CO detector, this is where to put it.
  • Position them about 10 to 20 feet away from sources of CO.
  • Avoid affixing them immediately beside or above fuel-burning appliances, as a little carbon monoxide might be released when they start and prompt a false alarm.
  • Fasten them to walls approximately five feet off the ground so they can sample air where people are breathing it.
  • Avoid using them in dead-air areas and next to doors or windows.
  • Install one in rooms above garages.

Test your CO detectors regularly and maintain them according to manufacturer guidelines. You will typically have to switch them out every five to six years. You should also ensure any fuel-utilizing appliances are in in good working condition and appropriately vented.