Carbon Monoxide Alarm...

In New York State, Amanda's Law, (A6093A/C.367) requires one- and two-family residences to have at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed on the lowest story having a sleeping area, effective February 22, 2010.  Below, you will find more information about carbon monoxide detectors.


What should I do when the carbon monoxide alarm sounds?

Call your emergency services, fire department, or 911 and tell them your carbon monoxide alarm has triggered.  Move everyone immediately to fresh air-outdoors or by an open door or window and do not re-enter the premises.

What to do if beeping intermittently?

The owner's manual for your carbon monoxide alarm will help you decipher the 'beeps.'

What is carbon monoxide?

This is invisible, odorless gas is a common by-product of incomplete combustion.

What causes carbon monoxide?
What are some common sources of carbon monoxide?

Common causes of carbon monoxide production can be gas or oil appliances like a furnace, clothes dryer, range, oven, water heater, or space heaters that are not working properly.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

If you suspect that you or someone else are experiencing sickness as the result of exposure to carbon monoxide, get to a well-ventilated area immediately and contact emergency services.  

Symptoms of mild carbon exposure can include: slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, flu-like symptoms. Symptoms of medium carbon monoxide exposure can include: throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate. Symptoms of high exposure to carbon monoxide can include: convulsions, unconsciousness, heart and lung failure.

Exposure can lead to brain damage and death.

How long will a Carbon Monoxide Alarm last?

After five (5) years, any detector should be replaced with a new Alarm.  Alarms may have an actual life span that is shorter, due to environmental conditions and may need to be replaced sooner.  Test them weekly.  Because of differences between manufacturers, it is important to always read your owner's manual.

What is the proper way to do a carbon monoxide detector test?

Press and hold the "TEST" button on the front of the detector until the alarm sounds. Be sure you hold the button down long enough. It can take up to 20 seconds for the alarm to responds to your carbon monoxide detector test.  Because of differences between manufacturers, it is important to always read your owner's manual.

Where should I install carbon monoxide detectors in my home?

It is very important to install carbon monoxide detectors near or in each separate sleeping area.  For added protection, placement of an additional carbon monoxide detector at least 15-20 feet away from the furnace or fuel burning heat sources is recommended.  Also, install carbon monoxide detectors at least 10 feet from sources of humidity like bathrooms and showers.  In two story houses, install one carbon monoxide alarm on each level of the home.  If you have a basement, carbon monoxide detector placement is recommended at the top of the basement stairs.  Information and suggestions on placement can also be found in your owner's manual.

Is there anywhere I shouldn't install carbon monoxide detectors?

Do not install carbon monoxide detectors in garages, kitchens, furnace rooms, or in any extremely dusty, dirty, humid, or greasy areas. Do not install detectors in direct sunlight, or areas subjected to temperature extremes. These include unconditioned crawl spaces, unfinished attics, un-insulated or poorly insulated ceilings, and porches. Carbon monoxide detectors should not be installed in outlets covered by curtains or other obstructions. Do not install in turbulent air-near ceiling fans, heat vents, air conditioners, fresh air returns, or open windows. Blowing air may prevent carbon monoxide from reaching the CO sensors.  Information and suggestions on placement can also be found in your owner's manual.

How many carbon monoxide detectors should I have in my home?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you should have a carbon monoxide detector centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom.

Where do I install a carbon monoxide detector,
in particular, how high from the floor?

Carbon monoxide weighs about the same as air and distributes evenly throughout the room/house. When you decide where to install a carbon monoxide detector, choose a location where the CO alarm will stay clean, and out of the way of children and pets.

Where can I purchase a carbon monoxide detector?

Carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased at any hardware store, such as Home Depot, Lowes or any big box, hardware retailer store. You can also search the internet.

Where can I get more information on carbon monoxide detectors?

Search the Internet for information regarding manufactures: Kidde, First Alert, etc.