Being able to detect the presence of carbon monoxide in your home can save your life. Unlike smoke, which can be detected by smell, carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, making it much harder to detect. Having a carbon monoxide alarm in addition to a smoke detector can help to notify you before the problem gets out of hand. At Elite Electric, Plumbing & Air, we not only install carbon monoxide detectors but also check to ensure they’re working properly.
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What Are the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide leaks can be quite dangerous. Mild exposure can cause nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and fainting! In severe cases, carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your body potentially causing brain damage or even death.
What Causes Carbon Monoxide Leaks?
Possible causes of carbon monoxide gas include household appliances such as open fires that use wood, coal, or oil, cookers, water heaters, central heating systems, boilers, and gas fires. Carbon monoxide is produced when the fuel doesn’t burn fully. Running a car engine in an enclosed space can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Failing to service your appliances frequently and using old equipment increases the risk of carbon monoxide emission. If household appliances are used safely and well serviced, they should produce negligible quantities of carbon monoxide.
Other common causes of carbon monoxide gas emission and buildup include:
- Burning charcoal produces carbon monoxide gas.
- Blocked chimneys and flues can prevent carbon monoxide from escaping.
- Fumes from certain fluids and paint removers can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Where Should Your Carbon Monoxide Detector Be Installed?
To protect your home from excess levels of carbon monoxide, detectors should be placed in the following places:
- On every level of your home to ensure maximum protection.
- Five feet from the ground – detectors get the best readings of your home’s air when they’re placed five feet from the ground.
- Near attached garages.
- Near every sleeping area to awaken everyone in case of an emergency.
- According to manufacturer specifications.