A fire, an avalanche, a head–on collision, you name the catastrophe, and almost immediately the thought jumps into our minds. “It won’t happen to me or anyone else in my family.” Well, I am here to give you the facts. It doesn’t always happen to someone else. According to the Centers for Disease Control between 2,100 – 6,000 lives are claimed yearly from deadly levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO). Read it again, every year between 2,100 – 6,000 lives are lost in the United States as a result of exposure to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. The Journal of the American Medical Association lists the #1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States to be Carbon Monoxide. The first part of this article will give you information regarding Carbon Monoxide. The later part of the article will increase your awareness of types of Carbon Monoxide Detectors and their reliability detecting low and high levels.
Don’t be caught again thinking you don’t need to be concerned. You may live in an apartment and think the owner wouldn’t let you be exposed to CO., or you may have discounted a warning because you live in a warm area, say Boca Raton, Florida. Stop it! It is time to face the facts and make the wise decision to remove the risk of CO poisoning. You, your family, your pets, anything that breathes is subject to the deadly effects of carbon monoxide.
This morning, a newscaster in the Denver market was talking about the death of two people in Boca Raton, Florida. They died from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. I bet you are wondering, “Why were they using a furnace in Florida?” They weren’t. They had a new automobile, a Lexus. This new vehicle doesn’t have a keyed ignition. It is a push button start. This amazing automobile is complete luxury, a powerful machine that has been equipped with an extremely quiet engine. This couple was preparing for a trip. Rushing around, getting things done, tying up loose ends. The bags were packed; the list of to-do’s was complete. They came home to sleep for the night before boarding the plane the next morning. Well sadly they never made it to the flight. Actually, they never even made it through the night. Their beautiful new Lexus has a motor that is extremely quiet and they had so much on their minds they had unintentionally left the car running, closed the garage door and went excitedly to bed for the night. It is so sad to tell you that they will not be seeing their family, their children, their grandchildren, friends, neighbors or each other on this earth, ever again. It is final. No do over’s. They cannot change their mind and go out to buy a CO detector. The family is now planning a double funeral.
The story of the couple in Florida drove me to research Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and the number of people effected so far this year. At this point in time there are no totals listed for the entire United States however I was able to research a few states to see what has been in the news since the beginning of 2012. Between Florida, Connecticut, New York, Illinois, Michigan and California 79 people have been transported to the hospital for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at a “Serious” level of exposure. During this same time period and in the same states, 8 people have died. The government has toys removed from store shelves for far fewer deaths and serious level hospitalization in a short time period like this.
The articles listed the source of the carbon monoxide for each situation. The list included: furnace, generator, gas grille, water heater, space heater, gas dryer, gas oven and automobile. In almost every situation the people were sleeping when they were overcome with the gas. Now that you understand the importance of having a CO detector, let’s discuss types available on the market and where to install them.
Many states are now requiring Carbon Monoxide Detectors in homes and commercial properties. For a home, the detector needs to be installed within 15 feet of every bedroom doorway. For example, if you have a home with 3 bedrooms on one level of the home, connected by a hallway, typically this area would need 1 detector. Select a spot on the hallway wall and measure from there to each bedroom doorway. If it is 15 feet or less, that is the appropriate spot for the detector. You should have a detector on each level of the home that has a bedroom. Absolutely!
The safest, most reliable Carbon Monoxide Detector will alert you at low-level exposure so that you can have your house checked to determine the source of the CO leakage. It will also have a high-level alert which will indicate when you need to leave the premises immediately. A single level detector meets the code requirement of having a detector in the home, although it may not offer the level of safety you want for you and your loved ones. It is actually a safety feature for the fire department. When they are dispatched to your home, they will hear the alarm and immediately put on safety gear and respirators prior to entering your home. It is rare that they will find anyone still breathing in the home. This single level detector does not go off soon enough to alert you of a potential dangerous situation. It notifies you when it is at a deadly level. If, during that time the level is reduced (could happen simply by someone coming through the front or side door of the home) the timer resets its self and starts over. You can easily be exposed to deadly levels of CO for 4-8 hours before an alarm will sound.
We don’t think that is what you really want out of a life saving alarm system. A low-level carbon monoxide detector is a more sophisticated, reliable alarm than the single-level. A detector can last up to 5 years. A low-level CO detector costs more than a single-level detector. The cost for a low-level detector averages out to be about a $4.00-a-month investment into a life-saving device. Many people spend an average of $65.00-a-month on coffee alone! No excuses. Buy one and install it immediately. Make sure you READ the instructions and write the month and year of installation on the side of the alarm.
Act now before it’s too late. Give your family the protection they need. Call right now. We can come out and install the CO Detector for you or we can ship it to you. It is time to stop the unnecessary risk of living without one. Once the CO Detector is installed at your home, take a picture of yourself next to the detector and then put it on our facebook page. Encourage others to take care of themselves and their loved ones.