Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Stopping A Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide detectors alert you to the presence of Carbon Monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. Because you can’t see, taste, or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill you before you know it’s present.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
- Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of anything that burns:
- Fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, dryers, stoves, water heaters, space heaters, fireplaces, and grills
- Wood burning stoves and fireplaces
- Automobile engines
What should I look for in a carbon monoxide detector?
Choose a detector that is UL listed. The UL mark guarantees that the product has passed tests in the areas of performance, safety, and accuracy. Detectors built to the UL standard also emit an audible alarm when elevated levels of carbon monoxide are detected.
Where do I put my carbon monoxide detector?
The ideal location is in the hallway, near the sleeping area of your home. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends at least one detector per household. A second detector located near the home’s heating source adds an extra measure of safety. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully. Once installed, it’s a good idea to test your carbon monoxide detector monthly; if it’s battery operated, make sure to regularly replace the batteries.
What happens if my carbon monoxide detector goes off?
- Open doors and windows to let fresh air in
- Get outside as quickly as possible
- Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house
- Call a qualified technician to find the source of the carbon monoxide