Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors save lives. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning is among the major causes of poisoning deaths. This is in large part due to the fact that toxic carbon monoxide gas is colourless, odorless, and tasteless, and often affects people without their knowledge as they sleep. By having some reliable carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, you can avoid ever having to worry about a potentially fatal amount of carbon monoxide in your home. In addition to the carbon monoxide detectors, you may also want to upgrade or install some smoke detectors as well. These are just as important to you and your family’s safety by providing early warning in the event of a fire.
Why Do You Need Carbon Monoxide Detectors in your Home?
Carbon monoxide is deadly and endangers the lives of those who are breathing it. When it’s found in the home, your pets and family may be affected, and you don’t even know it. That is why it is called the silent killer. It is important to have carbon monoxide detectors installed arround your home. Some of the locations you may consider an installation include:
Near Your Fireplace
If you have a wood burning fireplace installed in your home that is poorly ventilated, you could be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Near Your Gas Stove
A poorly ventilated or malfunctioning gas stove could also be a source of carbon monoxide.
Near Your Water Heater
Water heaters are normally located in a small enclosed space. If your heater is powered by natural gas you this is a prime area for carbon monoxide gas to collect.
In Your Garage
Your garage is the most obvious area that you should have a carbon monoxide detector. Cars spew out CO as soon as they are turned on. Protect yourself and your family with a detector in your garage or car port.
Types of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Most people are aware of what a smoke detector is. Not everyone knows about the two different types of smoke detectors and how they differ from one another.
Battery CO Detector
These types of detectors can be plugged into outlets or mounted on the ceiling. The batteries in these should be checked or changed at least a few times in the year. Their disadvantages are that since they’re not permanent fixtures, their batteries can run out or they can get unplugged.
Hard Wired CO Detector
These types of detectors are mounted permanently, and they are installed professionally by a licensed contractor. They’re maintenance-free, have higher accuracy, and help you detect leaks more quickly.
With help from Vancouver’s residential electrical service experts at Highmark Electric, you can start protecting your household from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Our team of certified electricians can help you find the right smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that will work best in your home.