Colorado Springs Real Estate Carbon Monoxide. Carbon Monoxide Detectors – where to put them??
Having a discussion last evening with some friends, I realized just how little I knew about Carbon Monoxide.
Facts we all know :- You can’t see it, smell it or feel it. However did you know that it is slightly lighter than air?
Prior to the law coming into affect in 2009 in Colorado Springs, we thought nothing of it – well at least I didn’t. The pre-supposition at first was that if your furnace is in the basement and it is emitting CO then the detectors should be placed just off the ground so that it can alert you when it smells it. But this is proving to be incorrect.
With this in mind, my thoughts went to roof’s. Very often the furnace ‘flu’ vents into the roof and then is led to the outside. What about homes built in the 1950’s/60’s etc? How often or have we even had an inspector or roofer check inside the attic part of the roof to make sure ventilation is correct? With new builds, one presumes the venting of this gas is correct but unless you have an independent inspector verify that how would you know?
Various websites quote various positions from 5 feet off the ground to high on the wall or ceiling. Who to believe? “According to the carbon monoxide guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 720, 2005 edition), all carbon monoxide alarms “shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms,” and each alarm “shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.”” Please also see Colorado Springs Real Estate Carxidebon Monoxide law. https://www.colorado.gov/
What we are also told is DO NOT put a detector near: –
- Gas powered Kitchen Stove/Oven
- Heating Furnace
- In Direct Sunlight
- Close to Appliances that generate heat
- Open windows or anywhere else there might be a strong draft
What we do know is that these detectors should be placed at least 15 ft from any fossil fuel burning appliances, within 10 feet of the internal door to your garage if it is attached and within 15 feet of each bedroom door, 10 feet is even better if you can afford more detectors. It is also recommended that you should also place a detector in any room situated directly above your garage. Rather safe than sorry.
This applies to Colorado Springs Real Estate – Carbon Monoxide
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