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What You Should Know About Effective CO Detector Placement
Monday, February 3, 2020

Each year at least 430 people die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

CO poisoning is one of the leading causes of death in homes.

CO detectors are effective in alerting you of hazardous levels of carbon dioxide. In this article, we'll discuss effective CO detector placement so you can be properly protected.

CO Detector Placement Best Practices

First, ensure that the model of CO detector that you get is tested according to the manufacturer’s stipulations and is in line with safety requirements. Once this is confirmed, you'll need to ensure that you consider the following terms and guidelines regarding where to place your detectors.

Ensure that the CO detectors are strategically placed so that they can get accurate readings of the air composition in your business. This often means placing the detectors a few feet off the ground (about knee height) and placing them on each floor of your business.

Place detectors in convenient locations so that people in your company can be made aware of any impending hazards. That may mean placing a CO toxic gas detector near your offices or near your break room so that your employees get alerted if there is a rise in CO levels in these areas.

This precaution can prevent too much CO from the cars from spreading to your workspace.

Where Not to Place CO detectors

It is not advised that you place CO detectors on the ceiling of your business. This is because the gas does not rise and will mix with the air that’s in your establishment.

This goes back to following the manufacturer’s guidelines on where the detectors should be placed. Also, consider the elderly, visually impaired, handicapped, etc., when positioning these detectors.

As much as is possible, try not to place CO detectors near windows, doors, vents, fans or any other windy area. Also, try not to place the detectors in areas that are very humid, like bathrooms or near kitchen sinks in the break room.

You may also want to avoid placing CO detectors in direct sunlight or in areas where the sun shines directly. That brings up another point, do not place these detectors near to any fuel areas or fuel-burning appliances where they could potentially overheat or cause false CO detection.

Final Tips on Detector Placements

As you can see, proper CO detector placement is critical to their performance. Make sure that you follow the tips provided so that you and your employees are safe from this silent killer.

If you would like more gas safety tips that will protect you and your business, please visit the gas detection section of our website.

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