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What exactly is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if not detected.


Where is CO usually found?

CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by trucks and cars , any gasoline burning engine, gas stoves, oil lanterns, burning charcoal or wood combustibles, and gas dryers and furnace heating system and hot water tanks.  Carbon Monoxide from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned by breathing it very quickly.


What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are a bad headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, even chest pain, and total confusion.  High levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death very quickly.

Unless detected by a electronic device, you will Die.  CO poisoning can be almost impossible to diagnose on your own because the symptoms mimic other common illnesses and by the time you figure it out you will be dead.   People who are sleeping or intoxicated can also die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms as the body is dealing firstly with the intoxication issues.

How does CO poisoning work?

The red blood cells in your body pick up CO quicker than they pick up oxygen.   If there is a lot of CO present in the air, the human body may replace oxygen in blood with CO. This blocks oxygen from getting into the body, which can damage tissues and result in a very fast death.   Carbon Monoxide can also combine with proteins in tissues, destroying the tissues and causing death

Pre-Lock Security Services recommends the installation of at least one monitored carbon monoxide detector in addiction to your local configuration which should include at least one Carbon Monoxide detector on each level of your home.

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America.   
  • 90 percent of all carbon monoxide poisonings in Ontario take place in homes
  • The lack of annual maintenance and improper use of fuel burning appliances account for many such instances
  • 380,000 Canadians have died of carbon monoxide pointing from 2000-2009

Carbon monoxide (CO), also called carbonous oxide, is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas which is slightly lighter than the air you breath.  It is invisible, produces no smell, produces no sound.   It is highly toxic to humans and animals in higher quantities and will ultimately kill you if you are in an area with a higher than normal reading for any extended period.

It is very important to install carbon monoxide detectors near or in each separate sleeping area. For added protection, placement of an additional carbon monoxide detector at least 15-20 feet away from the furnace or fuel burning heat sources is recommended.  Also, install carbon monoxide detectors at least 10 feet from sources of humidity like bathrooms and showers. In two story houses, install one carbon monoxide alarm on each level of the home. If you have a basement, carbon monoxide detector placement is recommended at the top of the basement stairs.  It is important to refer to your user's manual if you are installing a local unit on your own.

It is also important to know that Carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced anywhere from 3 to 10 years from date of installation.  The devices do not last for ever and it is scary how many homes I go into and find smoke detectors that are older than I am and should also be replaced every 5 to 10 years depending on the manufacture specifications.    

As of 2014, all residential homes in the province will be required to be fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm so hopefully people will be a lot safer now that it is law in Ontario.

Pre-Lock Security Services recommends the installation of at least one monitored carbon monoxide detector in addition to your local configuration and homes with Pets should always have a monitored Carbon monoxide detector as clearly your pets can't get help on their own.

Call us today to add one to your system.  What are you waiting for?

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