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Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Recreational Vehicles

Carbon Monoxide Detectors are a Necessity for all Recreational Vehicles
You may not have thought of it, but having a carbon monoxide detector in your motor home or any other recreational vehicle is necessary. In any area where you sleep, especially in the enclosed space of a motor home, camper, caravan, trailer or houseboat, it is crucial that you have a detector to ensure that you are not inhaling the potentially poisonous fumes of carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors are a Necessity for all Recreational VehiclesWhy is it Important to have Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Recreational Vehicles?
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all recreational vehicles. They emphasize that any vehicle equipped with a generator or prepped for a generator should have a working detector.

Some of the many possible causes of carbon monoxide emission in your recreational vehicle may include: engine exhaust, portable grills, space heaters, gas stoves and ovens, camp fires, portable generators, generator exhaust, defective engine exhaust system and the proximity of other RV’s. It takes only a minute to install a detector, but your effort will protect you and your family from potentially fatal carbon monoxide inhalation.

What is the Correct Model for my Vehicle?
Depending on the size of your recreational vehicle, you will require either a 9V or a 12V carbon monoxide detector. These battery powered models will allow you to mount your detector in a convenient location. Most models can actually only be mounted when they have a working battery installed. Typically, the battery in these models will last for one year, and it is imperative that you be aware of when the batteries should be changed. Most models will beep every 30 seconds to alert you of a low battery. Generally, a 9V or 12V carbon monoxide detector will flash every 30 seconds indicating that the alarm is powered and working. When activated, the alarm LED will flash on and off and will be accompanied by short beeps. Remember to test your alarm when you first purchase it so you can get an idea of what the alarm will sound like should it go off.

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for its ability to be discreetly released into the air without being noticed by the home occupants until it is too late. Your only defense against this deadly poison is to equip your home or recreational vehicle with carbon monoxide detectors.



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