This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a four-part choose your own adventure called Little List. You must complete four Badge Bits in the Little List.)
In this Badge Bit, you will install a carbon monoxide detector.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- you must install a carbon monoxide detector
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
- a before picture of the location for the carbon monoxide detector
- a progress picture of the installation
- an after picture of the location for the carbon monoxide detector
When installing your detector please remember two things - your insurance or local building code may have ideas on the best place to install it which may not be the best place to detect CO levels.
Our local building code has words about where the CO detector is to be installed. To keep our insurance valid, we had to install the CO detectors near the ceiling. When we talked with the inspector about this, he said, yeh, it's stupid because CO sinks! If you have CO at ceiling level, you're dead. So we have two detectors at each location. One where the building code requires it, and one at knee height so that we can survive to claim the insurance.
Yep! I have mine installed at the floor next to my woodstove. Pretty sure there's some more elsewhere in my house, too. But, that's the most important one--I want to know ASAP if my woodstove is making too much CO2!
It seems that there is some confusion about the difference between carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The differences between them are more than just the number of oxygen molecules.
CO2 will fill a basement. One important case study of this was a restaurant that had a CO2 leak with their soda fountain.
CO is lighter than air, and is best detected at the ceiling level or a few inches below it. The best location will vary depending on the air flow in the space. A vent, for example, might blow air in such a way as to effectively form a screen in front of the detector. CO is the product of incomplete combustion. A RMH should produce no CO, but will produce steam and CO2.
A quick internet search shows that this is an extremely common misunderstanding. Even the red cross got it wrong!
I am certified in HAZ-MAT ops by two certifying agencies, but I don't ask you to simply believe me. Please investigate this yourself!