Do I need a carbon monoxide detector?

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are not currently required. However, we believe that carbon monoxide detectors are a good idea. Since carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and is known for mimicking the signs and symptoms of a person with a cold or flu, many people are exposed to CO without knowing it. Experts say at least one CO detector in a home is a good idea, especially if you live in a well-insulated home or there are young or old persons living in the home.

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1. Is it true that smoke detectors have a life expectancy?
2. How many smoke detectors do I need in my house? I live in a 30 by 40 single-story ranch.
3. Where should I install my smoke detector?
4. My smoke detector started sounding an alarm the other day even though there was no smoke and I had just changed the battery a few weeks before. Is my smoke detector still good?
5. Is it true that there are smoke detectors that you don’t need to change the battery every year?
6. How often should I test my smoke detector?
7. Do you really need to change the smoke detector’s batteries every time you change the clock? My smoke detector chirps when the battery needs to be replaced.
8. Are there different types of smoke detectors on the market? Are some better than others?
9. My smoke detector is always sounding a false alarm whenever I cook. I know I shouldn’t disconnect the batteries, but how about putting a plastic shower cap over it?
10. Do I need a carbon monoxide detector?
11. Where should carbon monoxide detectors be placed?