You can be in danger of Carbon Monoxide poisoning at home if dangerous amounts of Carbon Monoxide accumulate in the home. This can happen as a result of any or a combination of the following:
Faulty or damaged heating appliances
Heating appliance not maintained or serviced
Rooms not properly ventilated
Blocked chimneys or flues
Indoor use of a barbecue grill or outdoor heater
Poor installation of heating appliances
Improper operation of heating appliances
Property alterations or home improvements, which reduce ventilation
Running engines such as vehicles or lawnmowers in garages
Using cooking appliances for heating purposes
Symptoms of CO Poisoning
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be similar to those caused by other illnesses such as a cold or flu. They include:
Unexplained headaches, chest pains or muscular weakness
Sickness, diarrhoea or stomach pains
Sudden dizziness when standing up
Where should you locate your CO Alarm?
CO and combination alarms should be mounted in or near bedrooms and living areas on each level of a multi-level home. If mounting on a ceiling or wall make sure it is at least 20cm away from the conjunction of wall and ceiling.
Because carbon monoxide is almost the same density as air, it will disperse evenly throughout the air in a room. Place the alarm at least 1.5m away from any fuel-burning appliance and make sure nothing is covering or obstructing the unit. Do not place the unit in dead air spaces or next to a window or door.
Carbon Monoxide alarms will only indicate the presence of carbon monoxide at the sensor. Carbon monoxide may be present in other areas of your home.
Smoke alarms should be mounted in or near bedrooms or living areas, ensuring the escape routes (hallways and landings) are covered as a minimum, either on the ceiling or the wall.
A ceiling mounting is typically preferred as it allows the smoke alarm to be placed more centrally in the room. If a wall mounting is used it is best to use an inside wall to avoid thermal air currents that can occur along hot or cold walls.