Where are smoke alarms required and in what locations?
At the minimum, smoke alarms are required to be installed between each sleeping area and the remainder of your home. However, this is only the minimum requirement, additional alarms may be required depending upon your home layout.
Newer homes require wired and interconnected alarms (if one sounds they all sound) and have a battery back-up in case of a power outage. They should be installed inside and outside all sleeping rooms and on every level of the home. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation of your specific alarm.
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What is a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm?
A Carbon Monoxide alarm is designed to detect dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide in the air. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. It is a byproduct of burning carbon fuel such as the natural gas in your stove and the gasoline in your car. Even small doses of carbon monoxide can cause illness or death.
The presence of carbon monoxide in your home is especially dangerous, if you are sleeping only your alarm will wake you.
Some other sources of carbon monoxide within your home could be:
- stoves / fireplaces (excluding electric)
- Natural Gas or oil furnaces
- Propane appliances (stoves, heaters, clothes dryers, barbecues, etc)
- Idling vehicles
Some of the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
- Shortness of breath
Installing a carbon monoxide alarm will give you an early warning of the danger so you can evacuate your house. If your alarm activates exit your home immediately and call 911.
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