Hundreds of Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
This lethal gas is colorless and odorless so it's essential to have an alarm to detect a leak. Consumer Reports just tested 20 to find the best for keeping you and your family safe.
Leigh Todd knows firsthand the importance of a carbon monoxide detector. She was pregnant with twins when there was a carbon monoxide leak from her furnace.
Fortunately the Todd family did get out in time and leigh's babies were born healthy. But many people aren't so lucky.
Consumer Reports recently tested carbon monoxide alarms. They go off when carbon monoxide levels are high enough to be considered dangerous.
To test the alarms were mounted on a board and sealed under plastic. Carbon monoxide was released and testers timed how long it takes for each to go off. All met industry standards, but some responded much faster than others.
When all the results were in, Consumer Reports found a best buy. The Kidde Nighthawk Model kn-copp-b rated excellent overall. It costs $40.
Which as Leigh knows, is a small price to pay for keeping your family safe.