Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless compound produced by incomplete combustion/burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane and natural gas. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced by products and equipment that are powered by internal combustion engines, such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without using detection technology.
What they can and cannot do:
- CAN – sense unacceptable levels of CO in the air
- CAN – provide early warning, before a healthy adult might show symptoms
- CAN – act as round-the-clock monitor of CO
- CAN – only sense CO that reaches it – Where you hang a detector is important
- CAN – breakdown like any other electronic device
- CANNOT – work without electrical power (batteries, AC)
- CANNOT – sense smoke, natural gas, propane, etc. (It is not a smoke detector!)
Where to put (or not put) your detector:
- PUT – near a bedroom, or other room where people spend most of their time; where its alarm can be heard.
- READ the instructions that come with your Detector.
- DO NOT PUT – in garage, furnace room, near cooking stove, etc.
- DO NOT PUT – in dead air space, corner of room, near floor, in peak of vaulted ceiling.
- DO NOT PUT – near open windows or doors.
- DO NOT PUT – in excessively hot or cold areas, or excessively damp or dry areas.
- DO NOT PUT – a cloth or plastic cover over the detector.
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