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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is the 

leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Carbon monoxide detectors are available, but 

you need to understand how they work and what their limitations are in order to decide whether or 

not you need a detector and, if you purchase a detector, how to use it to get the best protection.

What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. Each carbon 

monoxide molecule is composed of a single carbon atom bonded to a single oxygen atom. Carbon 

monoxide results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, such as wood, kerosene, gasoline, 

charcoal, propane, natural gas, and oil.

Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous? When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it passes from the lungs 

into the hemoglobin molecules of red blood cells. The result is that the body becomes oxygen-starved, 

which can result in tissue damage and death. Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning cause 

symptoms similar to those of the flu or a cold, including shortness of breath on mild exertion, mild 

headaches, and nausea. Higher levels of poisoning lead to dizziness, mental confusion, severe 

headaches, nausea, and fainting on mild exertion. Ultimately, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in 

unconsciousness, permanent brain damage, and death. Carbon monoxide detectors are set to sound 

an alarm before the exposure to carbon monoxide would present a hazard to a healthy adult. 

Where Should I Place a Carbon Monoxide Detector? Because carbon monoxide is slightly lighter 

than air and also because it may be found with warm, rising air, detectors should be placed on a wall 

about 5 feet above the floor. The detector may be placed on the ceiling. Do not place the detector 

right next to or over a fireplace or flame-producing appliance. Keep the detector out of the way of pets 

and children. Each floor needs a separate detector. If you are getting a single carbon monoxide 

detector, place it near the sleeping area and make certain the alarm is loud enough to wake you up.

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