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Where is the best place to keep a carbon monoxide detector? Should I have one for each floor?

Plug in, or battery?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Jan. 30, 2009 in Home & Garden

Answers (7)
  • Battery ones are the best. If all your bedroom are down one hall(close together). You would only need one. But if you have a split floorplan home(bdrms on different side of the house). You should have one on each side of the house,by the bedrooms.


    Answer by louise2 at 10:56 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • And they should be kept low to the floor unlike the smoke detectors. Carbon monoxide does not rize like smoke it stays low lying. Also if you have anything in your house than can potentially put off carbon monoxide (like in the garage etc.) put the detector near the door ways that lead to those places.

    Answer by HayleyGM at 10:59 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • We talked to a friend of ours who is a firefighter and he said to have one near anything that uses gas. Our heat in our house is gas so we have one near the unit. Our water heater is also gas and it's in the kitchen so we have one there. But also make sure there is one near any bedrooms.

    Answer by DDry at 10:59 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Nothing in the house runs off gas, everything is electrc. So would I jsut need the one in the hallway between the bedrooms?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:03 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Low to the floor
    plug-in with batter backup is great, battery operated next best
    and they need to go near each emission source

    If you don't have anything that uses gas, then I doubt you need one. Carbon Monoxide comes from burning fuels that aren't being vented properly. Like a gas heater with a bad vent or a malfunctioning gas stove. Where would you get that much CO from? If you want to be extra safe, then one outside the bedrooms would be plenty.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 1:06 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Dh is a firefighter... it's one in the basement if you have a landing/mudroom off kitchen or basement entry one there, kitchen, hallway near all bedrooms and upstairs if you have an upstairs...
    Similar to your smoke detectors... and battery operated ones are the best...


    Answer by gmasboy at 6:34 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • we got one that was a battery one.. and put in near the furnace. and another in the bathroom (the room above the basement with the hot water tanks)..
    you should put them in places that are pron to carbon monoxide problems.
    and be sure to test them every month to be sure they are working.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 8:55 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

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