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Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Monitoring Solutions

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide causes more deaths due to accidental poisoning than any other toxin. It’s labeled the “Silent Killer” in the United States because it is odorless, colorless and has no visible form; yet its effects can be very damaging, resulting in sickness, brain damage or even death. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 500 fatalities occur each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Causes and Symptoms

Many household devices can be responsible for carbon monoxide leaking, including gas water heaters, chimneys, furnaces, wood stoves, propane stoves, grills, space heaters, degreasers, car engines and other gas-powered equipment. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are difficult to isolate, since they appear to be similar to the flu or other illnesses.  Dizziness, vomiting, headaches, nausea and fatigue progressing to difficulty breathing, confusion, hallucinations, memory loss and seizures - can be prevented by early detection. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average level of carbon monoxide in homes without gas stoves varies from 0.5 to 5 parts per million (ppm). Levels near properly adjusted gas stoves can be between 5 to 15 ppm, and anything beyond that is potentially life-threatening. 

 Monitoring Solutions

Most home security companies can provide carbon monoxide equipment and monitoring solutions.   For instance, ADT offers carbon monoxide monitoring as an add-on to conventional burglary monitoring, as well as an environmental hazards package that also supervises temperature and flood levels.

Do-it-yourself carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased as stand-alone devices or as part of a complete environmental hazards detection system. Integrated security systems that protect against environmental threats, like carbon monoxide, smoke, fire and radon, have become more sophisticated and can also detect climate changes, precipitation,  motion and sound.  For as little as $35, they provide great added value helping to create a comprehensive strategy of action to safeguard your home and loved ones.    

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