General guidelines where to place carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon Monoxide picture Washington state passed the law January 1, 2013 requiring that carbon monoxide detectors be placed on every floor in all rental housing properties.These are some general guidelines for carbon monoxide detectors common to most manufacturers:

Alarms should be placed on every level of your home, including the basement, and near or over any attached garage.

They should be located within 10-15 feet outside of each separate sleeping area.

Detectors can be placed on the wall or the ceiling as specified in the installation instructions.

Do not install detectors within 15-20 feet of any furnace or fuel burning heat source.

Detectors should not be placed in or near humid areas, such as bathrooms

Place alarms in areas where they will not be damaged by children or pets.
They should not be installed behind curtains or other obstructions.Do not install alarms in direct sunlight or areas subjected to temperature extremes. (crawlspaces, unfinished attics, porches)

Alarms may not function as designed if installed near ceiling fans, heat vents, air conditioners, fresh air returns, or open windows.

Life expectancy for detectors will be specific to each manufacturer’s recommendations. Carbon monoxide detectors actually have an expiration date, so check with the manufacturer instructions to determine how long the carbon monoxide detector is supposed to last and maintain your specific unit accordingly.