Carbon monoxide (CO) is called the silent killer. It’s odorless and colorless, and unlike carbon dioxide, is entirely man made and is not naturally present in the atmosphere. CO is produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter.
When present in quantities greater than 35 ppm, it is toxic to humans and animals, and prevents the blood from carrying oxygen. Symptoms of exposure include difficulty thinking or concentrating, and this can occur in as little as two hours.
Common Sources of CO
It may surprise you to know that in your home you’re constantly surrounded by sources of CO. These include:
- Charcoal grills
- Wood burning stoves
- Gas powered water heaters and dryers
- Gas stoves
- Non-electric furnaces
Because of its many sources, it’s not surprising that about 50,000 Americans visit emergency rooms yearly because of CO poisoning. Of these victims, slightly over 400 die each year.
Reasons to Have Monitored CO Detectors
Given these sobering statistics, here are several reasons for having in your home CO detectors and alarm monitors connected to a monitoring service.
- A monitored CO system provides the first warning of a CO buildup in your home with an alarm loud enough to be heard throughout the house.
- The alarm will sound before anyone in your home suffers the effects of CO poisoning.
- A central monitoring system provides an alert even when you’re not home. The system will contact both you and first responders immediately to bring the situation under control.
- CO monitoring systems are extremely reliable and do not respond to any other household gasses.
The bottom line is that it’s vital to have carbon monoxide monitoring in your home. The ultimate purpose of a system monitored by a security service, is to detect the presence of CO so that you can act before something catastrophic happens.
CO detectors let you know the presence of this deadly gas. Without this warning, you’re at risk of continuing to breathe this deadly gas without even knowing it, quite possibly while you’re sleeping. The consequences can be deadly, but you can reduce that risk tremendously with the installation of a CO monitoring system.
Detectors in Every Room
Fire Departments across the country recommend that you have a CO detector and a fire alarm detector system installed in every room of your home. A CO and firm alarm system monitored 24/7 by highly trained professionals provides the ultimate in-home safety and security for you and your family.
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