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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Friday, October 13, 2000

Coverage area and locations for gas alarms

Q: "I just purchased & received two testers from Safe Home Products and I have a question. I have one of them in my basement which is approximately 1700 sq.feet. Will the tester detect any gas in that area or just a small area around the tester? Also, I only have outlets near the ground, will gas by the ceiling be detected? Thank you.Deb "

Answer: Deb, I looked up your order. I see that you purchased a Safe-T-Alert 40-411 gas alarm and a Safety Siren Combination CO and Combustible gas alarm.

  1. Both monitors have combustible gas sensors.
  2. Your basement is too large for either one or both units to detect gas laks in the entire area of 1700 square feet.
  3. The placement of the gas alarms depends upon whether your gas supply is from natural gas or propane gas.
  4. For detecting a propane leak, the unit must be mounted both near the floor and near the propane using appliance.
  5. For detecting a natural gas leak, the unit must be mounted near the ceiling and near the natural gas using appliance.
  6. Proper installation of the direct plug in unit may require using an extension cord or installing an electrical outlet in the proper place.

I hope this answers your questions. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Sincerely, Barbara

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At October 8, 2008 2:29 PM , Blogger RWSmith said...

I understand the loacting requirements, insofar as they are "written"; but I am a visual person... I need pictures in order to trust what and where I need to install my gas detectors. I have one for each... NG range, NG fireplace and NG water heater.


At November 18, 2008 4:28 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

My suggestions: locate the nearest electrical outlet to each of the three appliances. If it is within 2 to 3 feet of the appliances, the outlet is close enough. Plug in either the Safe-T-Alert or the GasAware natural gas alarms. Extend the cord straight up from the outlet. Hang the GasAware on a nail or the Safe-T-Alert using two screws (one on each side) or a sturdy Velcro strip. I apologize that I have no drawing to show you. Each person's home is a little different. Send a drawing or a picture to and we would be happy to assist. Sincerely, Barbara


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