Install batteries in your carbon monoxide detector according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the detector is designed for an outlet, but does have a battery option, use both. This will keep the detector working if there is a power outage. Look for a detector with a Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification. The organization is a leader in setting safety standards for consumer products. UL works with United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to set industry standards for carbon monoxide detectors.
Place the detector in your home according to the manufacturer's instructions. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Education recommends placing a detector outside each sleeping area in your home.
Test the detector every month according to the manufacturer's directions.
Things You Will Need
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Detectors can be installed in RVs and boats as well.
- Do not place the detector where it can be obstructed by furniture, draperies or near heating vents.