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CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) ALARMS EXPIRE
CO is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is created when fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, natural gas, propane, or wood don’t burn completely.
Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warnings of CO. Choose a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting heights of the alarms. CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms and vice versa.
The sensors in CO alarms have a limited life. CO Alarms expire! Replace your CO alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions or when the end-of-life signal sounds. Know the difference between the sounds of your CO alarm. Beeps with a short pause indicate an EMERGENCY (a call to 9-1-1). Beeps with a pause of approximately a minute (intermittent beeping) indicate either a low battery or an end-of-life signal; please check your owner’s manual or the back of the alarm to read the codes for the various sounds. This will help you determine if you need to replace the battery or the alarm. The alarm may also display ERR or END. CO alarms last between five to ten years, depending upon the manufacturer. You can also check the back of your alarm to see the date of manufacture stamp. If you are a renter, check your lease to determine who is responsible for replacing the batteries and expired CO alarms.
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