Choosing the Best Place to Use a Natural Gas Alarm
Choosing where to put your natural gas alarm in your home can be difficult. There are a few easy things though that you can consider to help guide you.
If you have a security system, you can often call the company to have the natural gas alarm set up with it. In this case, you will not need to by a free standing alarm and worry about where to put it. The security company will take care of placing it and installing everything.
People in the Home
The people that live in your home as well as the size of your family is important. If you have a smaller family and less bedrooms, you do not have to worry about placing them near the rooms. Also, if you have smaller children, you may want to consider putting them out of reach so that they are not tampered with, but still are effective.
Problem areas such as the kitchen, basement or water heater areas as the best places to have the natural gas alarm. Also, if you have several bedrooms, you want to make sure that the alarm can detect these areas. While many alarms can be further away from these areas, this is typically where the problems begin. Having the natural gas alarm in place where the leak or problem may begin, allows the alarm to detect right away that there is a problem, giving you and your family more time to get our of the home and to clean, fresh air.
Type of Detector
If you do not have a security system, then you will have a free standing detector normally. Typically, you will want to decide what type of detector it is when deciding where to use it in your home. The best way to do this is to check and see what the lowest level of detection is. While many natural gas alarms have great detectors, the levels of detection do vary from one to another. The lower the level it can detect, the more comfortable you should be with it and the further you can have it from only problem areas. Also, check to see if there is a square footage covered. this will help you decide how many you will need in your home and where to place them.
You also want to make sure that while the alarm is out of the way from children, pets and day to day harm, that it can be in reach at the same time. Having it in a place that you will check often, will help to remind you to change the battery or check it when you need to. This can be one of the most important things because even if you have it in a safe area, if you can not see or get to it, you may forget to test or change batteries and it won't even work.
These factors should help you to decide the best places to use a natural gas alarm in your home.