Live Safely By Using Carbon Monoxide Alarms
More and more people are now becoming aware of the danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. As CO poisoning deaths continue to rise, numerous companies have manufactured products designed to increase the safety of each family member from CO poisoning. Products such as carbon monoxide alarms were developed in an attempt to decrease CO poisoning cases in America. According to the Carbon Monoxide Health and Safety Association, if every American home has at least two monoxide alarms, the country will save almost $8.1 billion annually.
Experts recommend that every home with one fuel-burning equipment, heater or motor vehicle in a garage should have at least one monoxide alarm. With two CO alarms installed in your home, your protection against CO poisoning will increase dramatically. Monoxide alarms are widely available in the market and it is very affordable, with prices ranging from $30-$60.
High-tech CO detectors have state of the art sensing technology that can accurately measure CO concentrations in any type of environment. Professionals highly recommend alarms equipped with electrochemical sensors because they are more accurate and stable in humid environments.
Most carbon monoxide alarms are either battery or A/C powered. A/C powered units are more practical and convenient to install because you only have to plug it in any A/C wall outlet. Units with battery back-up are safer to use. 9-volt battery back-ups will guarantee you that the alarm will still function and measure CO levels even during power outages. Most fuel-burning equipment and heaters malfunction and leak out unsafe amounts of CO in the air during power outages, so it's best that your unit has a battery back-up.
Some carbon monoxide alarms are also equipped with a smoke alarm. These units have two safety features which will give you protection not only from CO poisoning, but also from smoke and fire. Several models can be also connected to other alarm units. Interconnected alarm units will ensure that you will hear the alarm wherever you may be in your home. When one alarm sounds, all of the units will respond and send out an alarm. To make your home safer, it is better to install CO alarms on every level of your home, especially in sleeping areas.