The importance of carbon monoxide detection

first-alert-carbon-monoxide-detectorCarbon monoxide is a gas that is both odorless and colorless and unfortunately, it is also poisonous. On average, there are about 170 individuals who die in America on an annual basis from carbon monoxide poisoning that occurs within the home. It is interesting to note, there are also many individuals that die as a result of automotive-based carbon monoxide poisoning but they are not included in that number. Obviously, it is important to ensure that your home is free of carbon monoxide as it can pose a danger to both you and your family that can easily take your life with very few symptoms associated with it. That is why it is important for you to have somebody come in to test for carbon dioxide regularly and to install carbon dioxide testers which will help to ensure that you do not have this problem at any time in the future.

Although there are very few symptoms that are associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, that doesn't necessarily mean that it is always going to be a complete surprise that you have the issue. If you have moderate or low levels of carbon monoxide in the home, you may end up having some symptoms that can alert you to the problem and the fact that you need to do something about it. In some cases, you will experience flulike symptoms but will not have a fever. Other symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness. As the poisoning continues to progress, you can develop additional symptoms which may include loss of muscular coordination, mental confusion, vomiting, unconsciousness and in extreme cases, death.

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning through detection

There are a number of things that you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, including having your home tested for the gas on a regular basis. It is also important to ensure that any appliances that you have in your home which use gas or other fuel are installed properly and tested on a regular basis. You should also avoid burning charcoal in the home and do not cover the bottom of any propane or natural gas oven with aluminum foil, as it may cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in the home as well.

by Bill Grote

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