How to Use a Carbon Monoxide Detector

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year more than 150 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a gas that invades your home through fuel-burning appliances, poorly ventilated fireplaces and generators. Installing carbon monoxide detectors can signal when the odorless and colorless gas has entered your home. Due to the deadly nature of this gas, many states require homes to have carbon monoxide detectors. To protect yourself and your family, consider placing detectors around your home.

Place a carbon monoxide detector in the hallway near every bedroom in your home.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Test the detector every month according to the manufacturer's directions.

Things You Will Need

  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Batteries


  • 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.

About the Author

Meredith Burgio began writing professionally in 2010. She has written for "VOX" magazine, "RELEVANT Magazine" and "Jefferson City Magazine." Burgio has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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