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Carbon monoxide detector : what to know?

By Emma Leclerc|1 min|August 2021

A carbon monoxide detector alerts the residents of a home with an audible signal when there is an abnormal level of CO. It prevents intoxication and saves lives!

→ All smoke alarms must have the "ULC" logo of the Underwriters' Laboratory of Canada, which indicates that they comply with Canadian laws

Types of alarms

Battery operated alarms

This is the most common, opt for those with lithium batteries for a 10-year life span.

Electric alarms

This is either a plug-in alarm in an electrical outlet or an alarm installed by an electrician.

Where to install them?

It is recommended that they be installed:

  • on each floor, including the basement;
  • in the hallway near the bedrooms;
  • in each room where you sleep with the door closed;
  • near the stairs;
  • near the door of the garage attached to the house;
  • in the room above the attached garage.

What to avoid when installing?

  • in rooms where the temperature is over 37.8°C or under 4.4°C
  • in the kitchen;
  • in wet rooms such as bathrooms;
  • within 2 meters of any cooking or burning appliance such as a fireplace;
  • near an air outlet or inlet such as a ventilation system;
  • in unventilated rooms where chemicals are stored;
  • inside a garage;
  • in a cathedral ceiling;
  • in an outlet operated by a wall switch.

How do I maintain and test my carbon monoxide alarm?

To check your carbon monoxide alarm, simply press the test button to hear the beep.

To keep it in good working order, vacuum the outside of the box every year, don't paint the alarm, replace the batteries when you hear an intermittent beeping sound or when you move into a new home, and replace your carbon monoxide alarm according to the manufacturer's instructions, as they have a certain life span.

Written with the help of the Government of Quebec website

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