Is there a way to detect if my home has carbon monoxide build-up?
Carbon monoxide alarms are widely available and should be considered a back-up to BUT NOT A REPLACEMENT for proper installation, use, and maintenance of fuel-burning appliances. Carbon monoxide alarms are designed to warn you of any unusual build-up of carbon monoxide in your home. These higher levels of carbon monoxide may occur from improperly maintained, installed or used fuel-burning appliances, backdrafting appliances or fireplaces, or idling cars in garages. If a carbon monoxide alarm is to be installed:
1. Make sure the device is certified to the most current Underwriters Laboratory (UL) standard 2034 or the International Approval Services (IAS) 6-96 standard.
2. Install a CO alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area.
3. Be aware of all instructions and warning associated with the CO alarm.
4. If battery-operated, install new batteries annually.
Where can I get more information?
Contact your local Extension Office, your state department of health, or the National Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse (1-800-438-4318). Other agencies with information are:
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: (800)CDC-1311
-National Cancer Institute: 800-4-CANCER
-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: 301-592-8573
-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: 1-800-35-NIOSH
-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/smokefree