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Safety is always one of the primary concerns in our house. Some threats are quite visible and relatable and involve insuring our property, and safeguarding our house, explaining dos and don’ts to our children how to stay safe when playing outside and dealing with strangers. Other threats are silent, and so hard to understand and know when you are in danger. I am talking about CO or carbon monoxide that we cannot detect or feel ourselves. Glad that there is First Alert with their Carbon Monoxide Alarm devices that can help us protect our families from this silent killer.
This is such a scary thing to deal with. Do you know exactly why? Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove and, of course, cars.
Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses, including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.
We are so lucky nowadays compared with the old world, that we have access and can easily obtain CO alarms in any hardware store. CO alarms are the only way to detect this poisonous gas. Again a sad fact – despite the fact how easy these alarms are to get, and how important they are for our safety, nearly half of Americans report not having CO alarms in their homes. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths and more than 20,000 emergency room visits each year.
The reason why it is so important to remind ourselves about this is that the threat of carbon monoxide is at its highest during the winter. January is National Carbon Monoxide Safety Month, and the perfect time to stop the silent killer in its tracks by taking measures to ensure your home is properly equipped with working CO alarms. First Alert has a variety of alarms to fit each home’s specific needs and, most importantly keep families safe.
- The PRC710V provides both smoke and CO protection, has a 10-year battery and features both voice and location technology
- The CO710 is a nice table-top addition, uses a digital display with temperature and can be easily added to any room
- The CO615 is a plug-in alarm with battery backup with digital display
- The CO400 is an easy-to-use, battery-operated alarm with a wall mount
- If your CO alarm ever sounds, leave the home immediately and call 911.
Lots of things to keep in mind though to take steps to protect against the silent killer this winter.
We were lucky enough to receive a Carbon Monoxide Safety Kit for our home from First Alert, and got to really rethink our strategies on how we can improve on our existing protection in the home for Carbon Monoxide safety. My husband went over all of the existing Carbon Monoxide Alarms that we already had installed, and we ended up adding some extra ones to the areas that we didn’t have covered. We also reviewed how much our house is really prepared for this kind of emergency to ensure that we understand the important of safety and that we have all of the necessary equipment in place for our safety.
I like to follow advice from authoritative sources on this, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should be installed on each level of the home and in a central location outside each bedroom. An average-sized home in America – a two-story, three-bedroom house – needs a minimum of four CO alarms.
Here are a few more general tips to protect against CO poisoning:
– Sometimes it is easy to forget this but run kitchen vents or exhaust fans any time the stove is in use. I have had times when I thought the stove was on, but the only thing that was on was the gas coming out without any fire lighting it.
– There is a reason people keep their grills outdoors. Never use generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves and other similar devices indoors.
– So many houses nowadays are protecting themselves from possible power outages keeping a portable electric generator at home. Remember though that portable electric generators must be used outside and at least 15 feet from the home.
– So many issues can arise with an older appliance or appliance that is in continuous or even irregular use. Arrange for a professional inspection of all fuel-burning appliances (such as furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers, water heaters and space heaters) annually to detect any CO leaks.
– Never leave a car running in an attached garage. Even if the garage door is open, CO emissions can leak into the home.
Things to keep in mind even after a CO alarm is installed:
– Keep CO alarms clean and dust-free.
– Ensure that alarms are plugged all the way into the outlet or, if battery operated, have working batteries installed. Some CO alarms, like the CO710 or the PRC710V, have a 10-year sealed lithium battery that never needs to be changed for the life of the alarm.
– Test the alarm regularly, and replace the batteries every six months. If you have a 10-year battery alarm, it is still important to test the alarm regularly.
– Alarms don’t last forever, and it is necessary to replace carbon monoxide alarms every five to 10 years (PRC710V and CO710 batteries last 10 years), and smoke alarms every 10 years.
– If you can’t remember or don’t know how old the alarm is, it is best to replace the unit completely.
– Make certain each person can hear the CO alarm sound from his or her sleeping room and that the sound is loud enough to awaken everyone. If young children are in the house, consider a smoke and CO combination alarm from First Alert that features both voice and location technology, such as the PRC710V. The voice technology is used because studies have shown children between the ages of 6 and 10 wake more easily to a voice than to the traditional audible beep of an alarm.
– Make sure alarms are installed at least 15 feet away from sources of CO to reduce the chance of false alarms.
- Visit First Alert’s website to find a legislation map to learn your state’s specific CO requirements.
We have a giveaway for your attention today to help you safeguard your home with winning First Alert prize.
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years or older. The prize will be sent to the winner by First Alert. Box Roundup is the host of this giveaway, and no other bloggers are associated with this giveaway.
- Duration: Up to one week
- Number of winners: 1
- 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice and Location Alerts (PRC710V) (MSRP: $59.99)
- 10-Year Alarm Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm (CO710) (MSRP: $49.95)
- Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup & Digital Display (CO615) (MSRP: $38.49)
- Battery Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm (CO400) (MSRP: $18.99)
- Total retail value: $167.42
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