Just as you should use both door and window sensors with your home security system, a smoke detector and carbon monoxide (CO) monitor should go hand in hand when it comes to protecting your home from smoke, fire, and poisonous gases. Many states require homes to have carbon monoxide detectors, but where and how many you install will vary based on your home’s layout and size.
To maximize your home’s security against high levels of carbon monoxide, place detectors in several key locations.
- On each level. Each level should have at least one monitor. Don’t forget to include your basement and attic as levels of your home.
- Near each bedroom. Make sure everyone in your home can hear the alarm sound—even if they’re asleep when it goes off.
- Next to attached garages. Cars release carbon monoxide when they’re running, and if a car is left running in your garage for too long, the gas can seep into your home.
- Anywhere manufacturers or state laws recommend. Some carbon monoxide detectors are designed to work in certain areas of your home, so check the manual. Additionally, certain states have specific regulations around CO monitor placement.