Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Know when you’re in danger
Carbon monoxide detectors save lives. This is undisputed, so much so that the province of Ontario has made CO detectors mandatory in all residential homes. Even if carbon monoxide alarms aren’t mandatory in your area, you should treat them as such.
What is carbon monoxide (CO)?
Carbon monoxide is created by incomplete combustion of natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline, wood or other biofuels.
The effects of CO exposure include headaches, nausea, dizziness, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, brain damage and even death.
The most dangerous part of CO, and the reason a carbon monoxide alarm is so critical is that the gas is odourless, tasteless and invisible. You’ll never know your house is filling up with it until it’s too late; and for children, the elderly and people with heart or respiratory conditions, too late comes even faster.
Carbon monoxide at home
The two main sources of a CO leak at home are non-electric heaters (propane, natural gas or oil) and adjoining garages with remote starting cars that are turned on accidentally. But those certainly aren’t the only sources. Wooden stoves are a common culprit, as are generators, charcoal grills, and blocked chimney flues, which is why you should have your chimney professionally cleaned once a year and regularly get rid of any dust accumulation with a simple air blower like this one from DEWALT.
Where should you put your CO detector?
When our technicians come out to install your carbon monoxide alarms, they’ll place them in the vicinity of the CO sources listed above. You’ll also have the possibility to add extra detectors close to the bedrooms because you’re most susceptible to danger while you’re sleeping. Without a gas leak detector in your home, you won’t wake up if carbon monoxide fills your room while you’re sleeping because you won’t know it’s there (remember: odourless, tasteless and invisible).
What happens if CO is detected?
If CO is detected, the alarm will sound and a signal will be sent automatically to one of our 24-hour UL, ULC, & FM approved Monitoring Centers. Our monitoring stations are fully staffed around the clock with trained security professionals ready to handle any emergency.
As soon as you hear that alarm, you should get out of your house and on our side, we'll call 911 immediately for you. Every minute you spend exposed to CO is another minute you’ll be putting yourself and your family in danger.
What is the best CO detector?
After comparing and contrasting all available gas leak detectors, we chose Wireless PowerG CO Detectors for our customers. They’re fully certified by the strictest and demanding international standards for safety products in Europe (LPCB UK, EN 50291) and USA (UL 2075), and they have a four-year battery life. We’ll do the installing and the monitoring.
Why you can trust Stanley Security Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Since 1843, Stanley has been a leading name in tools, and that same commitment to safety has carried over into the residential market. We’re certified by the Central Station Alarm Association, the Bureau of Private Security, the Consumer Protection Office Roaming License and the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada.
Know you’re safe from CO: the #1 silent killer
Call us at 1-855 873-2505 for a free quote or fill out a form so we can help you evaluate your needs and get you set up with Stanley.