Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that some call the “silent killer.” This toxic gas forms during incomplete combustion, which, according to the CDC, can occur from any of these common items:
- Fuel Burning Furnace
- Gas Water Heater
- Gasoline Generator
- Charcoal Grill
- Propane Heater
- Kerosene Heater
- Vehicle Engine
- Power washer
- Marine Engine
- And More....
Why Is CO Considered a Silent Killer?
Carbon Monoxide in your home can be extremely dangerous. When inhaled, carbon monoxide prevents a person’s blood from being able to carry oxygen to the cells, and extended exposure can cause you to fall into a sleepy haze, from which you may never wake.
Extended carbon monoxide exposure can cause brain damage, heart damage, and, eventually, death. The gas can slowly fill up a home or living space without anyone in the house noticing. For most, if you get a headache or feel dizzy, you go lie down, right? This is where Carbon Monoxide detectors save lives.
Why Are Carbon Monoxide Detectors So Important?
Most people don’t recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning for what they are and attribute the symptoms to something else, rather than leaving the house immediately. A CO alarm helps people understand the danger at hand.
Even worse, carbon monoxide can strike while a family is sleeping. Unless someone in the family wakes up, realizes what’s going on, and evacuates the family, it’s possible that family members could die or suffer permanent damage from this dangerous gas.
Don’t Assume the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Is Broken if It Goes off
Carbon monoxide is so imperceptible to humans that people often think the carbon monoxide alarm is broken when it goes off, because they can’t see or feel the danger. If a carbon Monoxide alarm in your house goes off, don’t risk it. Leave your home at once and contact your local fire department or 9-1-1.
Rescue personnel can run an official carbon monoxide test on your home and tell you if there are dangerous levels of CO present. Don’t assume anything when it comes to carbon monoxide!
Why Do I Need an Alarm Company to Monitor for Carbon Monoxide?
If carbon monoxide strikes, an alarm will sound in your home. However, if CO fills up your house while you’re sleeping, the alarm may not wake be enough to awaken you from an oxygen deficient slumber. Having someone call for help when you unable to call for yourself is the real value of having CO monitored by an alarm company.
How Often Does Carbon Monoxide Endanger Lives?
In the U.S., about 5,000 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every decade, and many more suffer permanent brain damage, heart damage, and other problems, like fetal birth defects. Pregnant women need to be especially concerned about carbon monoxide and the dangers it can cause to an unborn baby.
Carbon Monoxide Monitoring Saves Lives
Each year, lives are saved by monitored carbon monoxide detectors. The alarm goes off. The alarm company calls the house. No one answers. Firemen rush into the house and save everyone. This happens more often than you might think.
Even when an alarm monitoring agent calls the home after CO is detected, homeowners still try to dismiss the threat. We know of one scenario in which, after a bit of convincing, the homeowner begrudgingly agreed to allow fire & rescue to measure for carbon monoxide. They found dangerous levels of the gas, and everyone was saved.
How to Set Up Carbon Monoxide Detection and Monitoring
We install professional CO detectors in North Carolina homes and offer monitoring for carbon monoxide alarm systems. to learn more about the benefits or price of CO detection or to set up monitoring for an existing carbon monoxide alarm system.