Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The silent killer, Carbon Monoxide! Odorless, colourless and tasteless, so you never know it is present. Having a Carbon Monoxide detector is imperative and in most homes required by law; it could save you and your family’s lives.
WHAT DO CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS ACTUALLY DO?
Although there are different kinds of detectors that operate with different sensor systems they all do the same thing. If Carbon Monoxide is present in the air over time, an alarm will be sounded from your device.
WHAT TO DO IF THE ALARM GOES OFF
First off don’t panic! If your carbon monoxide detector is sounding its alarm, calmly get everyone outside into the fresh air. Evaluate if anyone is having any flu like symptoms or not feeling well and if so call 911 or your emergency services. If before exiting your house you are able to open all windows and doors safely, do so. DO NOT go back into your residence until the alarm has stopped going off or you are given the all clear by authorities. It is strongly advised that you contact a professional to have your home inspected to see what caused your carbon monoxide detector to go off. They will check all your fuel-burning appliances and other devices that may have triggered the alarm.
WHERE DO I PUT MY DETECTOR AND WHAT DIFFERENT KINDS ARE THERE?
Deciding on what kind of Carbon Monoxide detector to purchase all depends on your needs. You have 2 options; battery operated which can be put in a location of your choice or electric which will need to be placed close to an outlet so they can be plugged in. Keep in mind if you choose the electric detector, if the power goes out the model you have chosen should have a battery back-up. If battery operated is the way you are going, be sure to change your batteries at least once a year. A good rule of thumb to follow for the location of your detectors is to have one on every floor of your house and to test them regularly as you would with your smoke detectors.
WHAT IS THE LIFESPAN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Typically as with most things carbon monoxide detectors have a life span and after time will lose their effectiveness. For that reason it is recommended that you replace your units every 5-7 years or as recommended by the manufacture.
If you don’t already have carbon monoxide detectors in your home put them on your list for the next time you make a visit to your local hardware store where they can be easily purchased with pricing starting at roughly $30.00 and up. Keep your family and home safe from this poisonous gas.
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