Carbon monoxide. How much do you know about it—and how dangerous it is? Over 400 people die every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, in large part because it’s odorless, colorless and impossible to pick up without a detector.
Carbon monoxide 101: What you need to know…
Carbon monoxide (symbol CO on the periodic table) sounds benign but it isn’t. It’s produced by innocent sources such as vehicles that burn fuel, gas stoves, fireplaces, and even furnaces. None of those are unusual or dangerous on their own, per se. The problem is, CO can build up in your home and poison you, your family and your pets. And if your home has gas appliances, a wood- or gas-burning stove, or an attached garage, you’re at a higher risk for CO issues.
Many of the symptoms of CO poisoning are flu-like, including headaches, dizziness, weakness, an upset stomach, vomiting and chest pain. Confusion is another symptom. It’s called poisoning because it is, and it can kill you even before you recognize the symptoms if you’re sleeping, which makes a carbon monoxide detector an important safety fixture for your home.
Choose a home security system that includes CO detection
You can buy a carbon monoxide detector for your home, or you can choose a home security system that also monitors your home for carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but newer home security systems are built with sensors that can detect it. If you’re in the market for a home security system, you’d be wise to include the carbon monoxide sensors, for the detection but also for the notification that happens. If CO levels get too high, an alarm goes off inside your home. In addition, the home security company will also alert you when levels get too high, in case you’re not home. And if you’re non-responsive, they will alert emergency services to be dispatched to your home to ensure you and your family are safe.
Sure, CO is innocuous enough that we can’t notice the smell, but it’s dangerous enough to be deadly. So take that extra step and make CO detection part of your home security package…for security and safety both.