How To: Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home

Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home

Three hundred people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Don't risk being a part of that statistic.

You Will Need

* A carbon monoxide detector
* Pencil
* Screwdriver
* Wall punch
* Hammer
* Batteries

Step 1. Research detectors

Research which kind of carbon monoxide detector is right for your home. There are two popular kinds: Battery powered or AC plug-in powered.

Step 2. Choose location

Decide where your detector will go. It should be away from fuel-burning appliances and at least 15 feet from heating or cooking units and humid areas, like the bathroom.

Step 3. Read installation instructions

Take your product out of its packaging and read the installation instructions. If it's an AC outlet—powered unit, just plug it into the wall. If it's a battery-powered unit, it should come with screws and screw anchors.

Step 4. Mark wall w/ pencil

Line up the unit with the wall, marking with a pencil where the screws need to go.

Step 5. Make holes in wall

Now, use the wall punch to make a hole in the wall right over those dots. Be sure the holes are no bigger than your screw anchors; you'll want them to fit snugly.

Step 6. Tap anchors into holes

With a hammer, lightly tap the anchors into the holes.

Step 7. Screw base to wall

If you have a separate base, screw that into the wall. If the base does not detach, place the screws in the wall but do not tighten; make sure the detector fits over them and can be secured.

Step 8. Install battery

Install the battery in your detector, then place it on the wall.

Step 9. Test detector

Be sure to test it—not only so you'll know it works, but also so you'll know what it sounds like.

Step 10. Mark calendar

Mark on your calendar now to replace the batteries in a year. Then sleep easy, knowing you're safe!

Fact: The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea.

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