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How to Choose a Carbon Monoxide Detector and Smoke Alarm for Your Home

Importance of Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm. Home fires often happen at night while individuals are sleeping. A sleeping individual cannot smell smoke from a fire. As a fire consumes a home, most individuals die from smoke inhalation. Fires can consume a home quickly causing injury or deaths to occur. A smoke alarm is essential to wake individuals in a home while also alerting neighbors about a fire. Smoke alarms save lives during the day too. Knowing about a fire quickly can prevent extensive damage because individuals can immediately contact emergency workers. Individuals who know about a fire in a particular area of the home can find an alternate exit to avoid injuries from burns and smoke inhalation. While purchasing a smoke alarm individuals should also consider a carbon monoxide detector for their home.

First Alert SCO5CN Battery Operated Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is frequently emitted from defective or blocked furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, space heaters and other items. This gas is toxic to animals and humans when it reaches a higher level inside a home. Individuals are normally unaware of this dangerous gas's presence because it is tasteless, odorless and colorless. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, dizziness, vomiting and headaches. An individual who breathes large amounts of carbon monoxide will eventually develop a coma or seizures. Without medical intervention carbon monoxide victims having seizures or coma conditions will die. The only way to know if there is dangerous carbon monoxide gas inside your home is by having a specialized detector. Carbon monoxide detectors are inexpensive, easy to find and quick to install in your home.

Choosing a Carbon Monoxide Detector and Smoke Alarm
Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms devices must have a power source. Homeowners can choose hard-wired or battery powered devices to protect their families and homes. Hard-wired devices also have a battery backup method in case of a power outage. Smoke alarms have sensitive sensors that use ionization or photoelectric mechanisms to detect smoke. A carbon monoxide detector uses metal oxide, colorimetric or electrochemical sensors to monitor levels of gases inside a home. Devices should be installed near bedrooms, kitchens, stairways, basements and other areas. Smoke alarms must be installed on the ceiling in the center of rooms. Carbon monoxide detectors work best on walls or furniture away from obstructions.

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