Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
about Carbon Monoxide in the Home
When am I most at risk for carbon monoxide
Usually at night when there is little exchange of air from the outside and
inside of the house. Most times as you are sleeping.
How can I tell if carbon monoxide poisoning
is starting to affect me? There are few indications although some
symptoms resemble the flu. Headaches, tightness of chest, fatigue,
dizziness, breathing problems, and high blood pressure.
How can I prevent carbon monoxide
poisoning? Keep your appliances well maintained and serviced.
Have CO detector coverage throughout your residence.
Should I have a hard-wired or battery
operated CO detector? There are advantages to both. If you lose
power a battery operated detector will still work. A hard-wire detector
will not lose battery charge. Perhaps a hard-wired detector with a battery
back-up is your best solution.
Where should I place the CO detectors?
It is best to have the CO detectors on every level of the house. Ensure
that the alarm will wake up everyone in the sleeping areas of the house.
What are some features of a CO detector?
If it is a hard-wired detector then ensure it has battery backup. Some
batteries can be self-charging. There should be a "Test" button so you
know the detector is still functioning properly; however, the test button
tests the circuitry and battery not the actual gas detector. Some
detectors will offer a digital readout of the levels of CO concentration
(in parts per million).
How long will a CO gas detector last?
The length is between 2-6 years. They are cheap so change them out every
What do I do if my CO detector goes off?
Get out of the house quickly. Seek medical attention if you feel any
flu-like symptoms. Before going back into the house air it out by opening
windows and doors. Have a specialist or technician inspect your home
appliances for any malfunctions.
Other Sources of Information
about Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors. By Wikipedia.
Carbon Monoxide. National Fire Protection
http://www.nfpa.org/ . . . carbon-monoxide . . .
How Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work. How Stuff
http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/ . . . CO Detectors
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