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By law, do I have to install a CO detector in every room?

By Petra Paulson No. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (SB-183) requires that a carbon monoxide detector, like the GE 260-CO , or a carbon monoxide alarm, like the Gentex CO1209 , be insta

Do I need to have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector?

By Petra Paulson Yes, all home and business owners should have carbon monoxide detectors installed. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that can cause loss of consciousness and e

Does an apartment with an attached garage need to have a CO detector?

By Petra Paulson Yes, any multi-unit dwelling with an attached garage (or fuel-burning appliance present) must have a carbon monoxide detector installed. Even if the apartment doesn't have direct gar

How do I test my Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector?

By Petra Paulson There are two tests you should conduct on your carbon monoxide detector: a circuit test and a sensor test. For a circuit test : Locate the "Test" button on the outside of your detect

How does a carbon monoxide detector work?

By Petra Paulson Carbon monoxide detectors use a CO gas sensing cell housed internally within the device that is able to monitor low and high levels of carbon monoxide in the air. When dangerous carb

What are considered dangerous levels of carbon monoxide?

By Petra Paulson Even small amounts of carbon monoxide can pose significant health risks over time, so it really depends on both the CO concentration and the time of exposure. Below is a chart showin

What are the symptoms caused by carbon monoxide gas (CO) exposure?

By Petra Paulson Exposure to carbon monoxide gas (CO poisoning) can cause flu-like symptoms, only without a fever. Victims of low to moderate exposure to CO gas can experience a range of symptoms, whi

What happens when my detector senses carbon monoxide in the air?

By Petra Paulson That depends on whether you have a stand-alone CO detector, like the CM-6 , or a detector that is monitored by a security system alarm panel. Stand-alone detectors will sound an alar

What is carbon monoxide (CO) gas?

By Petra Paulson Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas emitted from fuel-burning appliances. Since the gas is completely odorless and invisible to the naked eye, your only protection is a reliable CO d

What is the best carbon monoxide detector to use with my Vista Series Security System?

If you're looking for a safe, reliable, and convenient carbon monoxide detector for your Vista Panel , then it's hard to find anything better than the 5800CO Wireless CO Detector . Built specifically

What's the difference between a carbon monoxide alarm and a carbon monoxide detector?

By Petra Paulson A Carbon Monoxide alarm is... a stand alone detector with a built-in alarm siren that operates off of battery power. When hazardous carbon monoxide levels are reached, the carbon mon

Why is carbon monoxide gas (CO) toxic?

By Petra Paulson Carbon monoxide (CO) is very similar to carbon dioxide (CO2), except its molecular structure contains one less oxygen atom. Carbon monoxide gas is attracted to oxygen atoms. When you