Since carbon monoxide gas has no smell, taste and canâ€™t be seen, and yet is harmful and even potentially life-threatening for people and animals, it is not surprising that we see more homes and other living or working spaces being equipped with detectors for carbon monoxide.
This is a logical step, given that the frightening statistics show that carbon monoxide is the primary reason for deaths resulting from accidental poisoning in the US.
So, it is strongly advisable for every family to get carbon monoxide detectors for their home. Even if you never hear the carbon monoxide detector beeping, having it in your home is totally worth it. Preventive actions like this can save yours and your familyâ€™s lives.
Carbon monoxide may be formed following the incomplete combustion of burning wood, gasoline, propane, charcoal, kerosene, oil or natural gas â€“ from a fireplace, a car, gas fueled ovens, dryers, etc. Since the gas doesnâ€™t smell, people canâ€™t sense that the level of concentration is dangerous and can simply pass out and die while the gas is leaking in their homes. This is when carbon monoxide detector beeping comes as a life savior â€“ the detector can sense the presence of dangerous levels of the gas and alert us in time to leave the house, and take measures to stop the leak and stay safe.
Carbon monoxide detectors work on different principles but most of them work on electricity, so it is recommendable to get some which have battery back-up as well.
It is crucial to place the detectors at an appropriate height of about five feet on the wall or on the ceiling, and in order to be able to hear the carbon monoxide detector beeping from anywhere in the house, the devices should be placed on each floor and near the bedrooms and other sleeping areas as well.
Also, when purchasing and installing detectors for your home, you should test the sound alarms of the detectors, in order to choose the one that offers carbon monoxide detector beeping which could be heard by all members of the household.
So, if and when you actually hear the carbon monoxide detector beeping, the first rule is never to ignore it as a false alarm. Silence the alarm, get the entire household up and out in the fresh air, and if someone is feeling ill call 911. If everyone is OK, take steps to ventilate the house well before re-entering it, and find the cause of the gas leak and turn it off, then either get rid of it or call professionals to repair the problem.
When choosing a carbon monoxide detecting device, it is best to ask an expert which the best one is depending on the ages and health condition of the inhabitants of the house. Also, please watch for the life span of your detector and replace it with a new one before it expires. In some cases the carbon monoxide detector beeping may sound more like chirping, and it is usually a sign that the device is running out of battery or that it has malfunctioned in some other way. This is why you should really read into the instructions by the supplier and the userâ€™s manual of your device.
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