Your home’s carbon monoxide detector has the potential to save your life as well as the lives of your loved ones and pets. Yet merely installing a carbon monoxide detector will not suffice. It is critically important that you test the alarm to ensure its functionality.
Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous to homeowners as it can’t be seen, tasted, touched, or heard. Your home’s air could be poisoned by carbon monoxide and you might not find out until it is too late. This so-called “silent killer” is a gas that can only be detected with a functional carbon monoxide alarm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that carbon monoxide poisoning sends around 15,000 people to hospital emergency rooms every year. However, many people who are poisoned by carbon monoxide don’t notice the symptoms until it is too late. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include many of those associated with other illnesses, including:
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The installation of a carbon monoxide detector is certainly important. Yet simply installing one near your home’s living room is not enough to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning. A carbon monoxide detector should be installed on each floor of the home.
Furthermore, a detector should also be positioned by each bedroom. Be sure to install detectors a minimum of 15 feet away from all potential sources of carbon monoxide. This way, the odds of a false alarm will be greatly reduced. Common sources of carbon monoxide include gas ovens, furnaces, boilers, and fireplaces.
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It is imperative that you test your carbon monoxide detector’s functionality on a monthly basis. There is a chance that the detector will not chirp at you in the event that the batteries are low on juice. Be proactive by replacing the batteries once every six months. Ideally, you will make the replacement of your carbon monoxide detector’s batteries a part of your spring and fall routine when you change the time on your home’s clocks.
Always clean off your carbon dust and debris off your detectors. If you pull your detector out of the outlet, be sure to push it back in as deep as possible when returning it to the outlet. Another component of the detector’s functionality is its volume. Test the detector’s sound to ensure it can be heard from each bedroom within the house. The sound it emits should be loud enough to wake each family member from a deep sleep.
To test the carbon monoxide detector, simply press the “test” button. It will tell you if the device has enough electrical power from the batteries or outlet. If the detector does not produce a high-pitched beeping noise, it needs new batteries or should be replaced.
Confirm the functionality of a digital detector by testing it with a low level of the gas. Move a lit incense wand or cigarette by the detector to see if the display confirms the presence of carbon monoxide. If the detected level is below 70 parts per million, the detector might not sound.
You can also use a carbon monoxide alarm test kit to verify the functionality of your detector. This test kit involves the use of plastic housing placed around the detector. The alarm will sound if the detector successfully responds to a carbon monoxide level in excess of the lethal range.
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