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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Proper placement of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is important. If you are installing only one carbon monoxide detector, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends it be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Additional detectors, on every level and in every bedroom of a home, provides extra protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, including a furnace, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

Make sure fresh batteries are always installed, making sure to change them during Daylight Savings every spring and fall. If you need assistance, Cary Fire Protection District will install carbon monoxide detectors at no installation cost to you. The homeowner must supply the detector. (However, we can provide carbon monoxide detectors for families who cannot afford them. Please call for details.)