How To: Test your Carbon Monoxide Detector

To test your carbon monoxide detector, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the test button on the detector. It is usually a small button located on the front of the detector.
  2. Press and hold the test button for 5 seconds. The detector will sound an alarm, and the light will flash.
  3. If the detector does not sound an alarm or the light does not flash, the detector may need to be replaced.

You should test your carbon monoxide detector monthly to ensure it works properly. It would be best if you also replaced your carbon monoxide detector regularly.

Here are some additional tips for testing and maintaining your carbon monoxide detector:

  • If you have a carbon monoxide detector with a battery, make sure the battery is fresh.
  • If you have a hardwired carbon monoxide detector in your home, have a qualified electrician check the wiring annually.
  • If you move to a new home, have a qualified technician check the carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they work properly.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your carbon monoxide detector is working properly and will alert you to a carbon monoxide leak in its early stages.

If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, it is vital to take action immediately. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that can be deadly. It is produced by incomplete fuel combustion, such as gas stoves, ovens, and boilers.

If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off:

  1. Evacuate the building immediately. Do not wait to find the source of the leak. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, so getting everyone out of the building as soon as possible is important.
  2. Call 0800 111 999. Let the dispatcher know you have a carbon monoxide leak and have evacuated the building.
  3. Do not return to the building until a qualified technician has inspected it and determined it is safe to enter.

Tips for staying safe from carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement and attic.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Make sure the batteries are fresh, and the detectors are working properly.
  • Have your carbon monoxide detectors inspected and replaced every 5 to 7 years.
  • Be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and confusion. If you experience these symptoms, get fresh air immediately and call 911.

By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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