Most people are aware of smoke alarms and probably over 70% of homes have a battery or main smoke alarm fitted. In addition to the dangers of smoke from fires there is also the hidden danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Unfortunately, the opposite is true for carbon monoxide alarms and over 70% of homes don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. That’s why its known as the silent killer! A small carbon monoxide leak can result in mild poisoning with long term effects and of course a major leak can kill. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of any combustion process and in the house this is anything that burns. Gas cookers, boilers, heaters and fires. Coal fires, oil central heating, wood burners, paraffin heaters etc …….. If the appliance that burns these products isn’t well ventilated or installed correctly then they can leak carbon monoxide. Even cracks and blocks in chimneys or rusted pipes can cause leaks and exposure to carbon monoxide.
Regular servicing of appliances helps but things can happen between services and of course you can never be truly sure how well the service was completed!. The best way to ensure that any issues with carbon monoxide are discovered early is by fitting a carbon monoxide detector.
The best carbon monoxide alarms are ones connected to the main power as battery ones tend to be forgotten once the battery wears out. Ideally you should have carbon monoxide alarms in every room that has a fuel burning appliance, preferably on the ceiling. Carbon monoxide starts as a warm gas so rises to the ceiling before cooling and descending to the floor. You can also link your smoke detectors to your carbon monoxide alarms so if one goes off they all go off. The logic behind this is if you are asleep upstairs and the carbon monoxide alarms goes off down stairs, you might not hear it. With this option you are also best fitting a control panel so you know which alarm sounded!
If you need help installing Carbon Monoxide Alarms Please contact Electrical Experts. We will be glad to inspect the existing ones or replace them with a new ones.