Carbon monoxide (CO) is defined as a colorless and odorless toxic flammable gas formed by incomplete combustion of carbon.
Carbon monoxide is extremely deadly, which is why being able to detect CO in your home is so important. It is often referred to as “the silent killer” due to the fact that it is very difficult for a human to detect on their own. It doesn’t smell, taste and cannot be seen. It sneaks up on people quickly.
When you breathe in carbon monoxide, it enters via the lungs where it clings to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. From there it begins to spread throughout the entire body.
Carbon Monoxide Incidents and Hazards
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
When you are exposed to carbon monoxide, symptoms are mild at first, but quickly become more severe. CO poisoning can result in coma and permanent brain damage. Fatalities can occur after only a few minutes exposure.
Symptoms of CO poisoning may include:
What Gives Off Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide can come from essentially ANY device or appliance that burns or heats with wood, oil, propane, gas, or diesel.
- space heaters
Carbon Monoxide Protection
There are several easy tips for preventing carbon monoxide leaks in your home.
- Heating systems that have chimneys should be checked by a technician every year.
- Gas appliances should be vented properly.
- Never use generators or camp stoves indoors.
- Make sure you have a monitored carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home.
Most importantly, never ignore a carbon monoxide detector alarm! Immediately move outside to fresh air, and do not re-enter the premises until emergency service responders have given you permission.
Replacing a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide detectors have a recommended replacement age. This information can be found in the user manual, or from our security alarm technician during installation. Typically, Security Alarm recommends replacing the devices every three years.
Installing CO Detectors in Your Home
Let us protect you and your family from this “silent killer” with carbon monoxide detection at home. We care about the safety and health of our customers and community. Contact us online or to get a quote for carbon monoxide detectors.