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Test Yourself On Carbon Monoxide Safety

The following series of questions were designed to increase consumer awareness of the hazards inherent in any dwelling without a carbon monoxide alarm.

Answers are at the bottom of this page.

Question #1

For maximum protection, on which level/floor should carbon monoxide alarms be installed?

a) on the top floor/sleeping area b) on the main floor/living room c) in the basement/utility room d) all of the above

Question #2

Which of the following are potential sources of carbon monoxide?

a) gas furnace/hot water heater b) automobile c) wood fireplace d) kerosene heater e) gas appliances f) all of the above

Question #3

According to UL standard # 2034 (Oct.1./98), what is the minimum level in PPM(parts per million) of carbon monoxide must a carbon monoxide alarm go into alarm mode?

a) 25 PPM b) 50 PPM c) 70 PPM d) 125 PPM e) 150 PPM

Question #4

Which of your senses can detect the presence of carbon monoxide?

a) smell b) sight c) taste d) touch e) sound f) all of the above g) none of the above

Question #5

If your carbon monoxide alarm goes into alarm mode, and anyone is feeling tired or nauseous, or acting abnormally, what should you do?

a) relax and unplug your carbon monoxide alarm b) assume it's a false alarm c) remove the carbon monoxide alarm from its power source and try it in multiple areas of the home d) blame the feeling of nausea/tiredness on the flu e) none of the above

Question #6

What is carbon monoxide a by-product of?

a) the ozone layer b) incomplete combustion c) carbon monoxide alarms d) electricity

Question #7

At what height should a carbon monoxide alarm be installed in a room for proper carbon monoxide detection?

a) on the ceiling b) close to the floor c) middle of the wall d) doesn't matter e) all of the above

Question # 8

If you have only one carbon monoxide alarm, where in the home is it the most important area to locate it?

a) kitchen b) basement c) sleeping area d) living room e) garage

Question #9

What is the number one reason for accidental poisoning deaths in North America every year?

a) bee stings b) household cleaners c) carbon monoxide poisoning e) coffee

Question #10

After what period of time in use should a carbon monoxide alarm that uses semi-conductor technology be replaced?

a) 1 year b) 3 years c) 5 years d) 10 years


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