Carbon monoxide, an invisible enemy
It’s Friday night and you’re home for the weekend. You hand your keys to the toddler to play with. Later, you cozy up for a movie marathon in the basement. But if your fireplace’s pilot light hasn’t been maintained, or your child hit the remote car starter by accident and your vehicle is running overnight in the attached garage, it’s a recipe for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning —the silent killer.
What is carbon monoxide, and what causes it?
Carbon monoxide is produced when carbon-containing fuels burn, but not completely. For example, a yellow or orange stovetop flame means the gas may not be burning hot enough, so carbon monoxide may be present (the flame should be blue). CO can come from all appliances and tools in your home that use gas, oil, propane, kerosene, coal, wood, and charcoal. Think stove, furnace, fireplace, car, water heater, clothes dryer, generator, lawnmower and trimmer, burners, kerosene heaters, propane barbecue — anything that burns.
For the symptoms to present themselves and the effects to be deadly, the gas must reach high enough levels in a poorly ventilated space. The time it takes to become lethal depends on what’s burning, how much there is, how quickly it’s burning, and the size and air-tightness of the space the gas is in. The science is complicated according to this National Centre for Biotechnology Information research, but to summarize, 800 ppm can be fatal between two to three hours of exposure for a healthy adult.
How dangerous is CO poisoning?
As the levels in the air, you’re breathing rise, CO poisoning can start with symptoms like nausea and headaches, lead to unconsciousness and convulsions, and be fatal when there is too much exposure for too long. In Canada, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs estimates that CO poisoning kills around 50 people every year, and the Centre for Public Safety shows over 200 hospitalizations a year.
Stay safe with a Stanley CO detector
So, if you can’t see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide, how do you monitor it? Placing Stanley CO detectors in strategic spots in your home will alert you the same as a smoke detector does. Our detectors’ electrochemical cell reacts immediately and triggers an alarm when the CO concentration in the air exceeds the safe amount. That alarm also goes to our 24/7 monitoring station which will:
- Contact you at home to alert you to leave the house immediately
- Simultaneously call the fire department
- Send a notification to your mobile phone so if you’re not home, you’ll be informed
Why would you choose Stanley for your protection against CO poisoning?
We‘ve helped build your world for 175 years. Now let us protect it.
There’s no such thing as short term when it comes to quality and safety. That’s why you’ve relied on Stanley tools and services since 1843. We’ve seen some change in that time, and change isn’t slowing down any. We continue to add to and evolve our offerings from tools to engineered fastening solutions to locks and electronic security to this ventilation mask for airborne irritants. Working in over 50 countries, we’re recognized for meeting the highest industry standards around the world. Worldwide, we are:
- #1 in Tools and Storage
- #2 in Commercial Electronic Security
- #2 in Engineered Fastening
Certified by the Central Station Alarm Association and the Homologated Bureau of Private Security (BSP).
Every one of our 61,000+ employees is committed to delivering on those standards. When it comes to monitoring, we have two ULC (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) certified monitoring stations, offer seamless 24/7 protection, and we’re vigilant about prevention. This includes how we handle your personal data.
Don’t wait to be CO safe
Call us at 1 855 873-2505 for a free quote or evaluation, or fill out a form so we can assess your home and help you breathe easy.