Post subject: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Posted: Apr 06, 2006 - 07:57 AM
|Check Your Smoke and CO Alarms
Changing your clocks for Daylight Saving Time can be a good reminder to also check your home's smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
In addition to making sure that they are working, this is a good time to change their batteries and replace your smoke alarms if they are 10 years old or older and CO alarms if they are 5 years old or older. This is also a good time to review your family's fire escape plan.
Home Safety Basics
You probably have a smoke alarm in your home. After all, new homes come with them already installed and many communitities have laws that require them to be installed.
What about a carbon monoxide detector?
Do you have any installed in your home?
Do you need one?
The importance of having a carbon monoxide detector is often underestimated or simply forgotten by many parents. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide sources, such as furnaces, generators, and gas heaters, are common in homes and can put your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisonings.
In fact, the CDC reports that over 15,000 people each year are treated in emergency rooms for non-fire related carbon monoxide exposures. And an average of about 500 people die each year from non-fire related carbon monoxide exposures.
The CDC also reports that common sources of carbon monoxide exposure include:
Oil and gas furnaces
Gas line leaks
Gas water heaters
So you should definitely have a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have any appliances that are not electric and that burn natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood, coal, or other fuels, or if you have a home with an attached garage.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
These guidelines from the CDC can help you avoid exposing your family to carbon monoxide:
Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
Install a battery operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
If your CO detector sounds, evacuate your home immediately and telephone 911.
Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
Do not run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
Do not burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.
Do not heat your house with a gas oven.
Symptoms of CO Exposure
Depending on the degree of exposure, carbon monoxide can cause the following symptoms:
Loss of consciousness
Shortness of breath
Loss of muscle control
Remember that carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so without a CO detector, it can build up in your home without your knowing.
Buy a CO Detector
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, you should install a CO detector/alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL standard 2034 or the requirements of the IAS 6-96 standard.
Install a CO detector/alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home. Make sure the detector cannot be covered up by furniture or draperies.
Here is a sampling of carbon monoxide detectors that are available.
First Alert Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Combo
First Alert Battery Operatred Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Alert Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Alert Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detector With Battery Backup
Kidde Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Detector
This is the one we have Pictured Below
As Low As $40.00 to $45.00 WalMart/Lowes
Backlight digital display CO Detector with Kidde NIGHTHAWK™ technology. This 120V Plug In CO alarm provides an advanced level of continuous monitoring of CO levels with 9V Battery Backup Power during normal AC power loss. Numerous mounting options direct plug or a 6' cord included. Easy viewing of CO levels from 30-999 PPM(parts per million). Contains an electrochemical sensor that never needs replacing.
DIGITAL DISPLAY – Shows CO level in PPM(parts per million). Updates digital reading every 15 seconds allowing you to see if levels change.
BACKLIT DISPLAY – To help see the displayed reading in the dark, a backlight appears during the peak level cycle.
PEAK LEVEL MEMORY – Displays the highest CO concentration measured since the last reset.
9V BATTERY BACKUP POWER – Provides protection during power outages.
6 FOOT POWER CORD OR DIRECT PLUG – Versatile mounting
85 db LOUD ALARM – Piercing loud alarm when CO levels are dangerous
ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR – “The World’s Most Accurate Sensor”
LOW BATTERY WARNING
TEST / RESET BUTTONS
5 YEAR LIMITED WARANTY
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