A carbon monoxide detector is a small electronic alarm that sounds
when potentially life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide are present. Models marked CAN/CSA-6.19-01 meet the current Canadian safety standards for carbon monoxide detectors.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in the hallway near every
separate sleeping area and on each level of the home. Detectors are also
available for boats, motor homes, and other recreational vehicles. And portable travel carbon monoxide detectors are available that you can use in a hotel room or cabin.
You can buy a carbon monoxide detector from your local hardware
or home improvement store. Most are easy to install. These detectors
should be tested about every 6 months to make sure they are working properly.
If your carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds, get out of the
building and call your local fire department. You should stand outside of your
home or business until firefighters arrive. The fire department usually can
help you assess the location of the source of the carbon monoxide leak(s) so that
the proper repairs can be made.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerR. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology