Carbon monoxide is a term that most of us have heard before. While a majority of homes have smoke detectors, not all of us have carbon monoxide detectors. They are the first line of defense against the silent, odorless, killer.
What is carbon monoxide?
It is a silent killer. It is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
How is carbon monoxide produced?
The incomplete burning of fuels that include: coal, kerosene, propane, wood and natural gas or charcoal. Also equipment that is powered by internal combustion engines such as cars, portable generators, lawn mowers and power washers also produce carbon monoxide. Make sure that motor vehicles are not, and have not been, operating in an attached garage or adjacent to the residence.
What are symptoms of CO poisoning?
Since CO poisoning is undetectable to the human senses, people may NOT know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms include: Headache, Shortness of Breath, Fatigue, Nausea and Dizziness.
What to check?
Most CO poisoning deaths can be attributed to the malfunction of water heaters, blocked chimneys and space heaters.
CO Protection Solutions
Security Alarm Corporation can strategically install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home or business. These alarms are usually located in the hallway near every separate sleeping area throughout the home. Our CO detectors are designed to measure CO levels and sound an alarm before dangerous levels of CO accumulate. We can provide added protection by having our monitoring company monitor and dispatch emergency services when needed.
TWO Things to remember:
- Never ignore a CO alarm! It is warning you of a potentially deadly hazard. Immediately move outside to fresh air and do not reenter the premise until the emergency service responders have given you permission.
- CO alarms have a recommended replacement age, which can be obtained from the product literature or from our security alarm technician during installation. Typically, Security Alarm recommends replacing the devices every three years.
At Security Alarm, we care about the safety and health of our customers and community. Contact us online or at 800-252-7621 if you would like more information on carbon monoxide detectors and which option is right for you.