carbon monoxide and smoke detector placement

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by samlin7, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. samlin7

    samlin7 New Member

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    I am rewiring my house and the electrician stated I should mount my hardwire carbon monoxide detector low on the wall and smoke detector at the ceiling.

    Anybody know why? and if I should mount it low, is it 12" from the ground like an outlet box?
  2. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Read the information that comes wiht the detector and it will give you the suggested hight for mounting
  3. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008
  4. lahabra

    lahabra New Member

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    I am doing a remodel / whole house re-wire. Am I required to provide a carbon monoxide detector.
  5. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Call your local building official to get the official requirement in your area. Requirements aside, it'd be pretty silly not to do it.
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    "required" depends on where you are. Massachusetts, for one, does mandate carbon monoxide alarms in any residence with fuel burning apppliances. They also seem to have a new law requiring that if you use a combo smoke/CO , the smoke must be photoelectric.

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