Where is the correct location for a carbon monoxide alarm?
Where is the correct location for a carbon monoxide alarm in my house?
BS EN 50292:2013 states that carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted in:
- CO alarms should be placed in the same room as fuel-burning appliances (either wall or ceiling mounted) – such as an open fire, gas cooker or boiler
- Rooms where people spend the most time – such as living rooms
- Additional alarms can be located in bedrooms, relatively close to the breathing zone of the occupants.
- Any room that has a flue running through it
- They should be at least 300 mm from any wall (for ceiling mounted alarms)
- At least 150 mm from the ceiling, above the height of any door or window (for wall mounted alarms)
- Between 1 and 3 m (measured horizontally) from the potential source of CO.
The British Standard EN 50292 standard also recommends that an alarm is not fitted:
- Where it can be obstructed
- In an enclosed space
- Directly above a sink
- Next to a door, window, extractor fan, air vent or similar ventilation opening
- Where the temperature may exceed 40 ºC or drop below –5 ºC.