The Importance of Installing CO Detectors
In Your Home
Get the facts
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, carbon monoxide can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, carbon monoxide causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of carbon monoxide exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
Do you have a gas or oil furnace, fireplace, wood or coal stove, or cook with a gas stove/oven? Do you have a garage that you park vehicles or store gas/diesel powered lawn equipment inside?
If you said yes to any of these questions above, or feel like the safety of your home and family would be better if you had a carbon monoxide detector installed professionally, don’t wait. Call us TODAY at 717.533.1012 or request an appointment online for our Expert Electrician to properly evaluate and install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
When should you change your carbon monoxide batteries?
The best time to change your carbon monoxide detector batteries (also your smoke detectors) is when you change your clocks at the beginning and end of daylight savings time. This will ensure your carbon monoxide detectors always have a fresh battery or battery backup.
There are a lot of different makes and models of carbon monoxide detectors, so changing the batteries in them may be different than how we show in our video, but most of them are similar and the manufacturers make it fairly easy to access and change your battery.
Health Effects Associated with Carbon Monoxide
At low concentrations, fatigue in healthy people and chest pain in people with heart disease. At higher concentrations, impaired vision and coordination; headaches; dizziness; confusion; nausea. Can cause flu-like symptoms that clear up after leaving home. Fatal at very high concentrations. At moderate concentrations, angina, impaired vision, and reduced brain function may result. At higher concentrations, carbon monoxide exposure can be fatal.
Carbon monoxide levels in homes
Average levels in homes without gas stoves vary from 0.5 to 5 parts per million (ppm). Levels near properly adjusted gas stoves are often 5 to 15 ppm and those near poorly adjusted stoves may be 30 ppm or higher.
- What Levels are Deadly?
- 35 parts per million (ppm) = No adverse effects within eight hours
- 200 ppm = Mild headache after two to three hours of exposure
- 400 ppm = Headache and nausea after one to two hours
- 800 ppm = Headache, nausea and dizziness after 45 minutes; collapse after two hours
- 1000 ppm = Loss of consciousness after one hour
- 1600 ppm = Headache, nausea and dizziness after 20 minutes; unconsciousness after 30 minutes
- 3200 ppm = Headache, nausea and dizziness after 5-10 minutes; unconsciousness after 30 minutes
- 12,800 ppm = Immediate physiological effects; unconsciousness and danger of death after only one to three minutes
How can you reduce carbon monoxide in your home?
It is most important to be sure combustion equipment is maintained and properly adjusted. Vehicular use should be carefully managed adjacent to buildings and in vocational programs. Additional ventilation can be used as a temporary measure when high levels of carbon monoxide are expected for short periods of time.
- Keep gas appliances properly adjusted.
- Consider purchasing a vented space heater and replacing an un-vented one.
- Use proper fuel in kerosene space heaters.
- Install and use an exhaust fan vented to outdoors over gas stoves.
- Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
- Choose properly sized wood stoves that are certified to meet EPA emission standards. Make certain that doors on all wood stoves fit tightly.
- Have a trained professional inspect, clean, and tune-up central heating system (furnaces, flues, and chimneys) annually. Repair any leaks promptly.
- Do not idle the car inside garage.
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Further reading and information on carbon monoxide and current Pennsylvania laws on carbon monoxide detectors visit the PA Safe Homes Coalition.