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It’s hard to find anything good to say about the placement of this carbon monoxide (CO) detector. The biggest problem is that it’s not in a good location to detect carbon monoxide. It’s also in a place that’s vulnerable to damage from vacuuming, dirt or a curious child.
The Right Way
Read the instructions included with your CO detector. In general, you should have CO detectors on every floor, and near every bedroom. Avoid placing CO detectors very near heating or cooking appliances, which could cause false alarms. Since CO is slightly lighter than air, you should try to place CO detectors high on the wall if possible, but at least 6 in. from the ceiling.