You Should Have Carbon Monoxide Alarms In Your Home

If more households in America have carbon monoxide alarms installed in their homes, the 2,100 annual deaths due to accidental CO poisoning could be dramatically reduced. It could also save the government manpower and equipment expenses incurred from 20,000 emergency department visits made every year to save people who have accidentally been exposed to undue amounts of this deadly gas.

Carbon monoxide is known as "the silent killer" because you can succumb to its deadly grip without knowing it. This lethal gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless and it becomes deadly when you have inhaled an amount that your body can't tolerate. Children and the elderly are the most susceptible because of their lower tolerances. In fact, statistics show that 51% of poisoning cases were children below 6 years old, and 25% of those cases involved people who were 65 years old and above.

The situation remains ominous because out of all American households, only about 27% have carbon monoxide alarms. If you don't want any member of your family to become part of this horrible statistics, you need to consider installing these alarms in your home. These CO alarms are not that expensive and yet they can safeguard the lives of your family. 

Manufacturers have come up with more modern types of this gadget. Previously, the units that are available will sound a beep or a chirp if the alarm's sensor detects the presence of carbon monoxide. Now, we have more advanced units like the Peak-Level Memory model. This unit records the highest level of CO present in the place where it is installed. There are also units that use voice recordings instead of just beeps and chirps. These models warn you specifically of the type of gas that is present in the room.

With varied choices of carbon monoxide alarms in the market, it will be wiser for you to get the units that can be plugged to your electrical outlet, with a provision for a battery back-up. This set-up will assure you that the detection of CO will still continue even if there is power outage in your area.

Authorities recommend for you to install CO alarms at every level of your home for maximum protection. However, if your budget is limited, you should at least have one unit. Install the alarm nearest your sleeping area. And don't install them where the air current is strong because the alarm's sensor will not be able to detect the gas efficiently.