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Carbon Monoxide Detector

Definition - What does Carbon Monoxide Detector mean?

A carbon monoxide detector is a device that is used to detect the presence of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The device is designed to measure levels of carbon monoxide in an environment over time, and to sound an alarm if the level reaches a critical level. Some detectors also automatically contact a monitoring service.

Safeopedia explains Carbon Monoxide Detector

The density of carbon monoxide is constant in the atmosphere, thus, a carbon monoxide detector can be placed either near the floor or near the ceiling. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, so the only way that it can be detected is by way of a detector. Most detectors have a life span of seven years, and will signal when they need to be replaced.

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