Is Your Carbon Monoxide Detector Working?
Certainly you have heard about carbon monoxide poisoning in relation to furnaces. Did you know that gas water heaters are also responsible for many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning? Many people do not make the connection that even if they have an electric heat pump, if their water heater is run on gas, they are still at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Because many homeowners do not take carbon monoxide poisoning seriously, they often do not bother purchasing a detector. Detectors are one of the only ways you will know if there is gas leaking into your home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death if it is not caught in time. Let’s learn what carbon monoxide detectors do, where you should install one and how you can prevent a carbon monoxide leak in the first place.
What Carbon Monoxide Detectors Do
Carbon monoxide is a gas with no odor or color so you can’t see that it is there. It is poisonous for us to breathe in and is created when there is an incomplete burn of coal, charcoal, oil, propane, natural gas, wood and kerosene. Most commonly, inside the home we deal with primarily propane or natural gas with natural gas being the most popular in the Charlotte area.
Carbon monoxide detectors use sensors inside to pick up on carbon monoxide in the air in order to alert you. They work similarly to the way a smoke detector works. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off (alerts you), you should move outside to fresh air immediately and call 911 or the fire department. It is crucial you do a head count and never reenter the home. You could faint or even die!
How to Prevent CO Poisoning
A CO monitor/detector should be installed in your home. The best place for them is near your furnace if it is indoors, near your water heater and up in the bedroom near a register. If you have one in your room, you will likely hear it go off at night as well as during the day. Just like with a smoke detector, you should replace the battery often so it is always in working order.
Contact ER Plumbing for Charlotte Carbon Monoxide Detector Information
Another great way to prevent CO poisoning is to do routine maintenance on your furnace and your water heater. At ER Plumbing, we are well versed in water heater maintenance, installation and troubleshooting. Maintaining your appliances is key to preventing hazardous chemicals from entering your home.
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Quick question & answer: How do I prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, a carbon monoxide detector should be installed in your home. The best place for them is near the furnace if it’s located indoors, near your water heater, and up in the bedroom near a register. Just like with a smoke detector, replace the battery often so it is always in working order.