A carbon monoxide (CO) detector should be located near the sleeping areas of a home, with additional detectors on each level. Place them near the center of the room, away from air vents or fans. To avoid false alarms, do not place your CO detector in the kitchen, garage, bathroom, or other unventilated room. Avoid areas where cleaning supplies, chemical fumes, humidity, and temperature extremes are present.
Carbon monoxide detectors provide early warning of a hazardous condition, much like smoke detectors. CO detectors are available at many hardware and department stores in a variety of price ranges. When selecting a residential CO detector, consumers should look for a product that meets UL Standard 2034.
For more information about CO detectors, contact the Fire Department at 262-785-6120.