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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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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.

You may purchase a carbon monoxide detector from your local hardware or home improvement store. Most are easy to install. Carbon monoxide 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 carbon monoxide leak(s) so that the proper repairs can be made.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Last Revised April 21, 2010

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