Project Guide

How To Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

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SELECTING LOCATIONS FOR CO DETECTORS
  • It’s important that CO detectors be installed in the proper locations in your home.
  • For this project, we’re doing a wall-mounted installation featuring a battery-powered model that comes with a mounting base, which separates from the detector itself.
  • When installing a battery-powered alarm, place it a few feet down the wall from the ceiling, not on the ceiling.
  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions for installation location guidelines and recommendations.
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CO DETECTOR INSTALLATION
  • Select a drill bit slightly smaller than the size of the supplied wall anchors to ensure a snug fit.
  • Use the mounting base to mark the screw holes on the ceiling or wall and drill holes where marked.
  • Gently tap the plastic screw anchors provided into the drilled holes with a hammer.
  • Drive the supplied screws partially into the ceiling or wall and line up the mounting base with these screws.
  • Install batteries, place and twist the CO detector into position under the screws, tighten with a screwdriver and mount the alarm onto the base.
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MAINTAINING YOUR CO DETECTORS
  • Test your CO detectors at least once a month. On most units, this only requires the push of a button to test that the alarm sounds and the batteries are still working.
  • Change the batteries about every six months, even if you’re not hearing warning beeps. If you have a lithium ion battery model, change the batteries every 10 years or so.
  • Clean each alarm with a vacuum once a year to remove any dust or particles that may have accumulated in the unit.
  • Check the manufacture date on each unit periodically and replace them once they reach their expiration date.