11 Jun 18

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless and poisonous gas produced during combustion. Some major producers of this odorless and tasteless gas at homes include furnaces, generators, and gas heaters. Propane, coal, wood, and natural gas are among the main fuels that generate this gas when burnt.


Many homes do not have carbon monoxide detectors yet  regularly use devices that produce the gas. Having detectors is critical as they flag carbon monoxide even before any  poisoning symptoms are observed. A house  furnished  with a  detector remains carbon-free as the necessary measures are often taken on time.


How carbon monoxide detectors work

Carbon monoxide detectors come in different types and brands. Some of them use batteries while others rely on current. The detectors use sensor technology to react to any long exposure to carbon monoxide.  The detector of your choice should meet the minimum sensitivity and alarm features.


Installing carbon monoxide detectors

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends placing a detector on every floor of a residence. An extra detector should be provided in an area likely to produce the gas, such as near a water heater. An  OKC electrician should place the detector at a high level to enhance its effectiveness. In addition, it should not be covered to allow free flow of air. A weekly test is recommended to ensure it is in good shape.


Carbon monoxide detectors are especially important;

During winter

During cold weather, many people try to keep their houses warm by heating them. The use of space heaters and wood burning stoves increases drastically during these months. Unknown to many people, these sources of energy are major causes of carbon monoxide. Between 2010 and 2015, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning was responsible for 2,255 deaths in America. Most of the people died during the winter months.


Using carbon monoxide detectors during winter can play a major role in reducing carbon monoxide poisoning deaths. Having the detector is critical as  they  can help in bringing attention to  the deadly gas in advance and allow the correct safety precautions to be taken. Evacuation and call for emergency services can be done on time.


In homes with fuel-burning devices

When using fuel-burning devices in your house, there is a likelihood that carbon monoxide  will rise to dangerous levels. Even devices that appear safe such as propane-powered water heaters can also produce the gas. Connected garages or fireplaces are the other important sources of this poisonous gas at homes.


Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed near carbon monoxide-producing equipment. Given the serious health risk the gas poses to all humans, putting the detectors in every room can help in controlling the gas. It can enable your family to take the necessary steps in time when the levels of the gas rise beyond a given point.


How to curb carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Installing carbon monoxide detectors in your house
  • Operating the various heating devices correctly
  • Using approved devices only
  • Regular inspection of the heating system by a qualified technician to ensure it is in good condition


Have you been using gas-burning appliances without the knowledge of the danger they pose? Ask  an electrician Tulsa to install a carbon monoxide detector today and protect your loved ones. It is the only way of ensuring your house is safe , especially during winter.

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