Secondarily, though no less important, the installation of carbon monoxide detectors will assist in the prevention of unintentional CO exposure. These units should be installed in sleeping rooms in farm dwellings and in enclosed work spaces on the farm where potential exposure to the exhaust from gas-fired heaters, water heaters and internal combustion engines may collect. Following the manufacturer’s installation instructions and maintenance recommendations will maximize the effectiveness of the detectors. Most manufacturers call for replacement of batteries twice each year. Detectors should also be replaced after several years because the sensitivity of the detector unit degrades over time as dust and other contaminants build up on its surface (Smoke detectors should also be replaced every few years as well.).
Dean Ross is an agrosecurity and dairy farm management consultant based in Michigan. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org