How to install a gas detector

Tips for the correct positioning of the detector

Correct installation of the gas detector is crucial for its functioning and speed of operation. The location varies according to the gas and should be carefully assessed to prevent false alarms. Let’s take a look at some tips for optimal installation.

LPG, methane or carbon monoxide?

For ‘heavy’ gases, such as LPG, installing the detector down low (about 30 centimetres from the ground) is recommended, whilst for ‘light’ gases, such as methane or carbon monoxide, up high is best (about 30 centimetres from the ceiling).

Positions to avoid

Some locations may impair the correct operation of the detector. So where should the device NOT be installed?

  • In an enclosed space (such as inside a wardrobe or behind a curtain);
  • Directly above a sink;
  • Near a door or window;
  • Near an air extractor;
  • In an area where the temperature may fall below -10° C or exceed +40° C;
  • In a place where dirt and dust can clog the sensor;
  • In a damp room.
how to install a gas detector

Substances to avoid

Below is a list of the substances whose use in the immediate vicinity of the appliance is to be avoided, at the risk of causing it to malfunction:

  • Alcohol, petrol;
  • Solvents and thinners;
  • Adhesives, colours and silicone products;
  • Cleaning detergents;
  • Perfumes;
  • Sprays in general.

For cleaning, it is thus best to use only a cloth moistened with water.