Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is poisonous and potentially deadly to humans. CO is often called “the silent killer.” Carbon monoxide detectors are installed in homes to alert occupants of potential CO leaks. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at the top four things that you should know about using a detector to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon Monoxide Prevention Tip #1: What Factors Cause CO Leaks?
The first thing to understand about carbon monoxide is what can lead to a gas leak of this kind in your home. CO is produced by fuel-burning devices like a furnace, a clothes dryer, or fireplace.
Prevention Tip #2: Where Should CO Detectors Be Installed?
The second thing to consider about carbon monoxide is where detectors should be installed in your home. The number and location of CO detectors will depend on the size of your residence. Additionally, you should consider installing a detector in each bedroom. The rule of thumb on this is that everyone in your home should be able to hear a detection device to be able to escape safely in the event of an emergency.
Carbon Monoxide Prevention Tip #3: What Does It Mean If My CO Detector Beeps?
The third thing to understand is what an alert beep means. While each detector will be different based upon the manufacturer’s specifications, most will follow a similar pattern of beeping tones. One beep will let you know that the battery is low and it needs to be replaced soon. Four beeps and a pause means that there is a CO level high enough to be detected. You should exit the home and contact the fire department immediately.
Prevention Tip #4: How Frequently Should CO Detectors Be Replaced?
The fourth thing to consider about CO is that frequent testing and inspection is key to keeping your home safe from damage. It is incredibly important to check your detector every month, but sometimes life gets busy. The four tones that we mentioned earlier will remind you if it’s been a while since the battery has been changed. In general, a CO detector will be in good working order for 5-7 years before a total replacement is required.
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