One of the best ways to improve the safety of the home is to install a combination carbon monoxide and smoke detector. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that almost one-third of U.S. households are not adequately protected with working smoke detectors. The potential for loss of life decreases by 45 percent if just one working smoke detector is present in the home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. Carbon monoxide detectors warn residents if carbon monoxide presence reaches an unsafe level.
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Step 1: Retailers sell devices that are both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, eliminating the need to purchase these products separately. Purchasing a battery-operated unit allows you to install the detector anywhere. Other models are hardwired to the electric supply in the home and may feature a battery backup when loss of power occurs.
Step 2: Manufacturers recommend that a carbon monoxide and smoke detector be installed in each bedroom of a home. Smoke rises, so the ceiling is the best place to detect it.
Step 3: Install the batteries and push the test button to make sure the detector works properly.
Step 4: Separate the detector unit from the mounting frame. Firmly hold the base and twist the mounting frame counterclockwise to separate the components.
Step 5: Select a location on the ceiling or four to ten inches from it one the wall. Make sure the location is away from heat registers or return ducts because these can interfere with detector operation.
Step 6: Hold the frame up against the wall or ceiling and use the pencil to mark the location of each screw.
Step 7: Drill the screw holes. Insert a wall anchor into each hole and tap it in gently with the hammer.
Step 8: Line up the mounting frame with the anchors and screw in the screws provided with the detector.
Step 9: Attach the detector unit to the frame by turning it clockwise until it locks into place.
Step 10: Push the test button to ensure that the detector works.
Step 11: Batteries should be replaced as directed by the manufacturer. Most detectors emit a chirping signal that indicates when batteries are becoming weak.