Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is a potential killer that you can’t see, smell or taste. It’s produced by all types of fuel-burning devices used in and around your home. To prevent accidental exposure, it’s vital to have your furnace, gas water heater and other combustion equipment serviced every year and have carbon monoxide detectors properly installed. However, protecting your family from this lethal gas doesn’t end there.
Maintaining Your CO Detectors Is Essential for Safety
At high levels, carbon monoxide can quickly cause unconsciousness and death. Since it’s virtually undetectable to the senses, installing at least one CO detector near the bedroom area of your home is the only way to alert you to rising levels while your family is asleep and most vulnerable. If you’re not testing the device regularly, however, it may not work properly when you need it to.
Make Regular Testing a Priority Year Round
Maintaining your detectors isn’t time-consuming or difficult. The time frame and testing procedure for CO detectors can differ between manufacturers, though, so check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on your devices. As a general guideline, you should:
- Test each of your plug-in and battery-operated detectors monthly. Simply locate the “test” button and hold it down for several seconds until you hear a beeping sound.
- If your detector doesn’t beep, the batteries may be dead, so replace them and test again. If the device is still silent, buy a new one.
- Install fresh batteries in each CO detector every six months. Scheduling battery changes for spring and fall when you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time is an easy way to remember this critically-important chore.
- If your CO detectors are more than five years old, it’s time to replace them, as age is often a key factor in their reliability. To erase any worry about remembering when you need to do this in the future, you can purchase new models with built-in replacement alerts.
To learn more about the importance of regularly testing the carbon monoxide detectors in your Grand Traverse County home, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
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