How To Install A Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector


When it comes to your home nothing is more important than keeping you and your family safe. Installing a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector in your home takes a few minutes. The peace of mind that it will grant you is well worth the time and money. Having a CO detector is required in many states. While products may vary, here is everything you need to know about installing a battery-powered carbon monoxide/smoke detector.

What You Will Need:

Step #1: Preparing your devices

Take your detectors out of the packaging. Each detector will have dip switches. These are located on the back of the device (where the batteries go). Dip switches have multiple switches in them. Switch them from the factory default to any arrangement you desire. Just make sure that the detectors are identical to each other. Next, put in the batteries and hit the test button to make sure the CO detectors are working.


Step #2: Mount the detector

Drill the detector mount onto the wall. Make sure it is 4 to 12 inches below the ceiling. CO is a light gas that will rise toward the ceiling. If the sensor is too low or too high it may not detect CO properly. Finally, attach the detector to the mount and twist it on.


After you know your CO detector is working, be sure to have a safety plan in place for your family. If you found this helpful check out some of our other content such as how to replace a taillight, or how to install a USB wall outlet!

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