How to Install a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector


We all want to protect our homes and our
families and one of the easiest ways to do that, is to install a smoke and carbon
monoxide alarm. It hardly takes any time to do and I’ll show you how. Everybody understands the threat of fire,
once it starts fires can grow and spread quickly filling the house with smoke. Carbon monoxide though is a colorless
odorless gas that can come from faulty appliances like furnaces and water heaters. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous
because it replaces the oxygen in the air we breathe. To keep your home safe, install a combination carbon monoxide and
smoke alarm on every level of your house. The one we will be installing uses
three AA batteries. Experts recommend installing your alarm
within 15 feet of sleeping areas. To make sure everyone can hear the alarm
even if their door is closed. For better protection install alarms within
each bedroom. And at least one on each level of your home. Avoid installing alarms directly near
furnaces or other combustible appliances. For complete details on which areas to
avoid, read the manufacturer’s instructions
carefully. The alarm itself is easy to install. You’ll just need a pencil, a drill, a hammer,
a screwdriver and some safety glasses. Begin by opening the back of the unit
and installing the batteries. Following the diagram on the bottom of
the battery well. Locate the unit on the ceiling or an
inside wall. Using the back of the unit as a template
mark the center of the holes with a pencil. Drill a hole through the pencil marks. Tap in two anchors. And insert two screws until the back plate
is secure. Then attach the unit to the back plate. Finally test the unit once a week
according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should have an evacuation plan for
your family so that everyone knows what to do if the alarm goes off. You can find more information along with
other fire safety tips on the printable instructions at Lowes.com/Videos Some combination smoke and CO alarms
feature voice notification that will tell you if the threat is fire or carbon monoxide. (Smoke Alarm) Beep. Beep. Beep. Warning
Carbon Monoxide. If your carbon monoxide alarm does go off. Leave your home immediately and call
911 to report the problem. Then make sure trained technician checks
appliances like the water heater or furnace. This is an easy project that can help
protect your family and home. Be sure to check out the many other home
improvement projects at Lowes.com/Videos

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