A friend just text me that a carbon monoxide alarm just saved her and her son. With the weather being cold and the furnace running constantly, gases can leak into your home. Most of these fumes are undectable to your senses.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a very poisonous gas and continuous inhalation may even choke you to death. It is an odorless, invisible, and extremely dangerous gas, which can be given off by the most common appliances in your home or workplace. You can find information that offers protection and prevention through our selection of carbon monoxide alarms.
Below are key elements and benefits of having a carbon monoxide alarm:
One of the main benefits of having a carbon monoxide alarm is that the CO detector serves as an early warning if any CO is leaking into your home. The noise from the CO detector is loud enough for everyone in the house to hear and receive sufficient time to get out of the house. Depending on the hearing ability of those in the home, you may wish to place alarms at opposite ends of your home.
Any heat producing item can produce CO, even your gas or propane powered hot water heater, and these are the main reasons for carbon monoxide gas leaks. It's an excellent idea to place alarms near such equipment. Place the CO monitor next to areas that you would think that poisonous gas is potentially coming from, so that you can open a nearby window in time to vent the CO as quickly as possible.
Carbon monoxide alarms are designed to alert the homeowner when carbon monoxide levels accumulate over a period of time, and will alarm before most people would experience any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Installing carbon monoxide alarms with electrochemical sensing technology in the home also provide sufficient protection for residents. The more accurate a carbon monoxide alarm, the greater your chances of appropriately responding to the problem.
Carbon monoxide alarms also offer stability against changing temperatures and humidity to avoid false alarms or the failure of internal circuitry. This stability also helps them accurately respond to carbon monoxide and not other common household gases or chemicals such as ammonia. Wire-in with battery back-up combination carbon monoxide smoke alarms provide two important safety features and benefits. This alarm includes a voice warning system that announces fire, carbon monoxide, low battery and a smart hush activation feature. The voice alarm eliminates any confusion and clearly warns you and your family of a smoke or carbon monoxide hazard.
Last but not least, you'll be able to find alarms with end-of-life warnings which alert you when it's time to replace the alarm