Only a carbon monoxide detector can make sure you’re safe from the common household danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is undetectable by human senses. More than 400 Americans last year died from being poisoned by CO, so make sure your CO detector is installed properly in order to protect the members of your household.
Indoor CO is a byproduct of fuel-burning appliances such as stoves and furnaces and may even be released by wood burning in a fireplace. Levels as low as 400 parts per million are enough to poison you. Infants, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses are even more susceptible. A carbon monoxide detector tests the air 24/7 and alerts you with a piercing alarm before CO concentration reaches a dangerous level. At least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of the house — one just outside every sleeping area — can prevent needless deaths. To make sure your detectors are up to this critical function, remember these points:
Test Them Monthly
Consult your detector’s owner’s manual for instructions. Generally, however, the testing procedure is consistent among most brands:
- Press the “test” button on the face of the detector and hold it down for several seconds.
- When you hear the alarm sound, release the button.
- If you don’t hear an alarm, make sure the unit’s plugged in if it’s powered by household current. If it’s battery operated, try replacing the batteries.
- If you still don’t get an alarm, replace the detector without delay.
Change The Batteries
Install fresh batteries in a battery-powered CO detector every six months. Even detectors that plug into an AC outlet incorporate backup batteries, too. The unit will warn you with an intermittent “chirp” alarm when backup batteries need replacement. Don’t ignore it.
Consult the professionals at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for more information installing or checking your carbon monoxide detector.
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