Carbon Monoxide Detectors play a very important role in keeping you safe in the rare eventuality that a gas burning appliance malfunctions (or has not been regularly serviced) and produces deadly Carbon Monoxide Gas. When Installing a Detector it is important to ensure that it is positioned in accordance with the Manufacturer’s instructions in order to protect you.

A carbon monoxide detector will have a limited lifespan as dictated by the battery used or the internal sensor. Once this magic moment has been reached you must dispose of the detector and get a new one. There is no point giving yourself a false sense of security thinking that your detector is protecting you when it actually is not functioning correctly because you have allowed the battery to run down or the sensor to reach its end of life date.

Some general rules for positioning the Carbon Monoxide Detector are: –

i) Detectors located in the same room as the fuel-burning appliance.

Wall Mounted Detectors

  • If the detector is located on the wall it should be located at a height greater than the height of any door or window but at least 150mm from the ceiling.
  • If the detector is mounted on the ceiling it should be mounted 300mm from any wall.

Free-standing Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • The detector should be mounted in accordance with the distances quoted for wall mounting. Where this is not practicable The detector should be placed as close to the wall mounted distances as possible or as high as possible in the room containing the appliance and at least above the level of the top of the appliance

General Points

  • The detector should be at a distance of between 1m and 3m from the potential source.
  • If there is a partition in a room, the detector on the same side of the partition as the potential source. In rooms with sloped ceilings, the detector should be located at the high side of the room.

ii) Detectors located in sleeping rooms or remote from a fuel burning appliance.

Detectors should be located relatively close to the breathing area of the occupants.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors should not be installed in the following areas :

  • outside the building.
  • in or below a cupboard.
  • in a damp or humid area.
  • directly above a sink or cooker.
  • next to a door or window, or anywhere that would be affected by draughts.
  • where the air flow to the detector would be obstructed by curtains or furniture.
  • where dirt or dust could collect and block the sensor, and stop it working.
  • in an area where the temperature could drop below –10C or rise to above 40C.
  • where it could be easily knocked, damaged, or where it could be inadvertently. e.g. in shared areas.

If a carbon monoxide detector identifies the presence of this toxic gas it will emit a very loud alarm. All detectors should include a button allowing you to test the alarm. Take care when you to this as the alarm is exceedingly loud but ensure the you to test the alarm regularly so that you know it is monitoring your home environment when you are asleep or perhaps watching the television.

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5 Responses to “CO Detectors”

  • veronica hopkinson:

    I would like to purchase two of these detectors, please advise procedure.

    Thank you.

  • British Gas Homecare:

    We are in the process of incorporating a link to an online ordering service for a CORGI Approved and British Kite marked Battery powered CO detector which is portable and can be taken on holiday also. In the interim we have forwarded purchase details to you be email.

  • Mr R G Moakes:

    Please send purchase details of Corgi CO detectors, many thanks..

  • British Gas Homecare:

    We are pleased to advise that a link to an online ordering service for a CORGI Approved and British Kite marked Battery powered Carbom Monoxide detector, which is portable, has now been incorporated into this page.

  • Moira Newman:

    We are going on holiday to Spain in July and would feel safer if we took a portable carbon monoxide detector with us.