A carbon monoxide alarm or detector is a device that detects the presence of carbon monoxide in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
When purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm, ensure the alarm you are buying is certified to the latest Canadian Standards Association requirements. Carbon monoxide alarms that comply with the latest Canadian requirements will be labelled CAN.CGA – 6.19 Revision 1999.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation, proper use and maintenance. CO alarms are usually installed adjacent to sleeping areas. More than one may be required if sleeping areas are located on different levels of your home.
CO Alarm Maintenance
- Test your CO alarm regularly.
- If your alarm is beeping intermittently, check your user manual.
- Install a new CO alarm every five years.
- Recycle your old CO alarm at an AlarmRecycle drop-off location near you.
While carbon monoxide alarms may provide an extra measure of warning, they should never be relied on as a substitute for regular inspections and maintenance of natural gas, propane, kerosene, oil or wood burning appliances, venting and chimneys.
A CO alarm should not be used as a substitute for a smoke alarm.