February 2011 Issue
Top-Value CO Detectors: BW GasAlert, SafeTest
In a market choked with choices and price points, we think it makes sense to consider a CO detector. CO Guardianís panel mounts are also good performers.
If youíre absolutely determined to kill yourself in an airplane, youíll have to find a better way to do it than gassing yourself with carbon monoxide. The world is so awash with CO detectors across a range of prices and capabilities that we canít imagine many owners havenít at least considered these gadgets. And the good news is that all of them work quite well, even, you might be surprised to know, the $4 cheapie stick-on detectors that all your friends tell you are a joke. (They arenít.) How real is the risk of your exhaust or a perforated heater doing you in? Itís real enough, although not the level of risk that should keep you awake at night. On the other hand, given the choices in detector technology, thereís no reason you canít eliminate the risk entirely or at least tamp it down.
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