When a fire starts, it is easy to see the smoke and flames and know that you need to evacuate your home quickly. But, what if a fire starts in your attic or garage? What if a fire starts in the middle of the night and you are not awake to see the smoke or flames?

Another danger, carbon monoxide, you cannot see or smell. It is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by fuel-burning appliances or fixtures in your home. The buildup of carbon monoxide can also result when a home is sealed for energy efficiency, thus not allowing for the exchange of inside and outside air. Carbon monoxide can also enter a home if a vehicle is left running in an attached garage. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous and deadly gas because it replaces the oxygen in the air, creating a toxic compound when inhaled.

To prevent carbon monoxide build up, and to alert you of a fire, it is imperative to have a general contractor Rockford IL install a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Having a detector properly installed, in the right location, can help to protect you and your family from potential dangers. Installing a smoke and carbon monoxide detector can be done with the help of a few easy to follow instructions:

Where to Install a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It is recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on where to place the detectors. Recommended locations include:

  • At least one on each floor of the home
  • In each bedroom
  • In each hallway, close to sleeping areas (if a hallway is longer than 40 feet, install one on both ends)
  • At the top of stairs leading to an upper level of the home
  • At the bottom of stairs leading to a lower level of the home

Read the instructions to know of locations where you should avoid installing a detector, and to know the recommended safe distances from water heaters, stoves, furnaces, and other devices. Some units allow for you to link wirelessly to other devices, so when one detects a potential threat, all alarms sound. If you install linked detectors, pay careful attention to range restrictions and placement restrictions to be able to successfully link all devices together.

How to Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Step 1: Use the mounting bracket that comes with your device, and trace the mounting holes onto the wall or ceiling where you will be installing the unit. Once you have traced the mounting holes, move the unit off to the side, away from dust and debris.

Step 2: Drill the appropriate sized holes, as specified in your device manual.

Step 3: Place screw anchors into the hole, until they are flush with the ceiling or wall. If necessary, use a hammer to gently drive the anchors into their proper place. Once the anchors are in place, align the mounting bracket with the anchors, then secure the mounting bracket to the wall or ceiling using the included hardware.

Step 4: Depending on your unit, you might be required to install replaceable batteries before adhering your unit to the wall or ceiling. Be sure to match the battery terminals to the correct terminals in the unit to ensure power is being sent to the unit. Other units may have an internal battery that will require you to activate it, using the activation switch located on the unit. Once the batteries have been installed, you are then ready to attach your unit to the mounting bracket.

Step 5: With the unit firmly fixed to the wall or ceiling, it is now time to test your unit. This step generally involves pushing and holding a button located on the unit to activate a testing of the alarm. If your unit does not go off during testing, follow the specific instructions listed in your owner’s manual. Any unit that does not test properly should be replaced immediately with a unit that does work properly.

If you need assistance in having a smoke and carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, contact a general contractor Rockford IL. Don’t risk your or your family’s safety by not having a functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detector installed in your home!