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CO detector

A CO detector is also known as a carbon monoxide detector, CO alarm, CO monitor, CO meter, and CO tester.

A CO detector is a specialized gas leak detector and is different than a CO2 detector, CO2 alarm, CO2 monitor, smoke alarm, or smoke detector.

There are three kinds of carbon monoxide detectors. Most, but not all detectors, are designed to conform to at least one of two major CO alarm standards.

Always pay attention to manufacturer's instructions for CO detector installation and placement.

  • Treat CO detector beeping or "chirping" seriously.

  • Always treat the sound of a carbon monoxide alarm as "the real thing."

  • Test your CO detector monthly - follow manufacturer instructions and replace batteries as needed.

  • Replace CO detectors according to manufacturer instructions (most recommend every five years).

Many newer models will "beep" to remind you to replace batteries and also when the detector nears the end of its service life. Not all detectors do this. Remember to replace your detector and batteries - it is designed to save your life.

The most important thing to do is buy a CO detector. Order one today if you do not have one.


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