Do You Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector?
Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? Many homeowners are diligent about installing and maintaining their smoke detectors, but surprisingly, there are a number of homes throughout New York and Long Island that are not protected against carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide is a Real Health Risk.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of fuel-related combustion (such as your boiler or furnace), and is a colorless, odorless and completely tasteless gas that is slightly heavier than air. It is dangerous to humans and pets because it corrupts your blood’s hemoglobin and prevents the processing of oxygen in the human body. And because you cannot smell, see or taste it, carbon monoxide can be very dangerous to you and your family, causing dizziness, vomiting and many other complications.
Protect Your Family – Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector Today.
As with a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector can alert you to the potential dangerous of a carbon monoxide leak.
When choosing a detector, select one that plugs into a standard electrical outlet, and has a battery backup to cover you in case of a blackout. Carbon monoxide detectors range in price from $15.00 – $25.00, which means you should be able to install one on every floor of your home.
Just like your smoke alarms, you should check and maintain your carbon monoxide detectors twice per year. Test each unit, replace the batters and — most importantly — replace the entire device if it is past the expiration date.
The Time is Now.
If you already own carbon monoxide detectors, consider this post a reminder to check them today. But if you haven’t installed them — do it now. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local fire department.