Installation of Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:
Carbon monoxide detectors can be live saving equipment if your home any of the usual fuels like propane, natural gas or heating oil in home appliances such as water heaters, fireplaces, room heaters, etc. A proper installation of carbon monoxide detectors by professionals will ensure ventilation and maintenance happens correctly so that any carbon monoxide emissions are rerouted out of your home.
For maximum effectiveness, there should be CO detectors in every part of your home such as the kitchen, living room, bedroom and so on. Elderly members of your family need extra protection too.
The batteries in these detectors need to be changed twice a year and the chemical that helps in the detection process also needs to be replenished.
You can also install combination CO and smoke alarms. The latest of these detectors are ‘smart home’ type devices that will require installing the required apps as well as wirelessly linking the compatible units in your home. These smart detectors may also require setting up of voice notification and other features including location features.
Since Florida is one of the states that has legislation relating to CO detectors, it’s not only a safety-precaution but also a mandatory requirement for your homes.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) advises that homes have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement and one carbon monoxide alarm on each level and in each sleeping area.
So, for a regular American two-story, three-bedroom home, you need at least five smoke detectors and four CO detectors. Home owners should be aware of the type of smoke detector they are planning to install or have installed — whether it’s an ionization type alarm or a photoelectric type alarm. Dual sensor detectors which incorporate both technologies are the best protection.
For smoke or CO detectors to be effective, they should be tested once a month to make sure that they are in proper working order. Very old detectors should be replaced by new ones as these have a maximum service life of ten years at the most.