You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide -- qualities that make it a particularly dangerous poison. Overexposure can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision and possibly death. You can detect carbon monoxide only by using a carbon monoxide detector. Any appliance in your home that uses flammable fuels can be a source for carbon monoxide poisoning. Place carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home to ensure that you have adequate protection. You do not need special skills or tools to install a carbon monoxide detector.
Things You'll Need
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Drill bits
- Wall anchors
Install a carbon monoxide detector near but not in a room that has a water heater or heating unit.
Place the carbon monoxide detector's base template on the wall with tape. Mark the screw locations on the wall with a pencil.
Drill holes where you marked the screw locations in Step 2 with a drill and drill bit. Follow the manufacturer's directions for the specific drill bit size. Insert the wall anchors provided in the kit into the wall.
Drive screws into the wall anchor with a drill. Make sure to leave the screw heads a little bit away from the wall -- sticking out of the wall -- and slide the mounting plate over the screw heads. Tighten the screws with the drill.
Snap the carbon monoxide detector into place with your hands.
Tips & Warnings
- You may wish to place your CO detectors next to your smoke detectors.
- Replace CO detectors every two years.
- Home Safe: Carbon Monoxide CO Detectors
- Lowes: How to Install a Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector
- "Reader's Digest; 1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints and Tips"; Reader's Digest Association; 1998
- Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images