How to go about fitting your carbon monoxide detection unit

It is a good idea to fit a carbon monoxide detection unit in your home as it will give an early audible indication of high levels of the gas in order that you can take evasive action before you suffer from any of the symptoms. The levels at which carbon monoxide testers are triggered are measured against the level of gas that would start to harm a healthy adult. As such you need to act quickly when children could have been exposed to the emissions as they can be harmed by lower levels of the gas. Smoke detectors are installed near the ceiling as smoke rises, this is not true of carbon monoxide testers and hence these testers can be installed lower on the wall. Make sure that you will be woken should your carbon monoxide tester go off whilst you are asleep. Install the alarm near your sleeping areas.

Carbon Monoxide testers should be regularly tested

Make a note to test your detector on a regular basis to ensure it is working. Detectors should come with instructions detailing the steps to take to check the effective functioning of the detector. Having a detector does not mean that you should now forget it and rest assured that as well. Any detector is only effective when it is working and you should ensure that you regularly test the unit to make sure that there is no malfunction or that perhaps the battery has run down. Modern units have a test button you can press to carry out the cheque, this will activate the alarm and check the battery and the speaker. Do not assume that this is detecting and what level the alarm will go of as this is not tested in this process. Many Carbon monoxide detectors have a limited lifetime, this can be 48 months or less. There are detectors on sale which can operate for 60 months In addition to battery models there are some that are mains powered and have battery backup to cover power failures. The choice is yours. There are combined detectors sold which combine smoke and carbon monoxide detectors within the same case. These may have specific installation instructions as advised by the manufacturer and you should pay particular attention as to how these should be installed.

Are you able to purchase carbon monoxide detectors?

Domestic carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented by the use of household carbon monoxide testers. Several different and relatively inexpensive detectors are available in stores. The gradual accumulation of carbon monoxide gas over time will lead to the detector being set off. Smoke detectors have become a standard feature in homes and the technology is reliable, CO detectors are not yet as reliable but the technology is making rapid strides. Your best protection against exposure to carbon monoxide is the regular servicing of your gas burning appliances. A CO detector will only ever be a backup measure.

What are the features that a good detector process?

Ensure that the detector you get is certified in relation to the appropriate British Standards and has a loud alarm. Make sure you get a loud alarm and one that has a battery life of 5 years at the minimum. Cheaper CO detectors have a coloured spot that changes colour when carbon monoxide levels rise and these should not be used in preference to a battery alarm. Colour change detectors do not have an audible alarm and cannot alert you the moment there is a problem. Also they only last for 6 months and the lower price can be a false economy. Chemical detectors lack of loud alarms prevents them from waking your family at night time if CO levels rise and this could be a major safety issue. Many types of shops carry these detectors and smoke alarms also.

What will I see if I have an issue in my home?

Carbon Dioxide production is often a result of incomplete combustion and this can be seen as the deposit of soot discolouring surfaces near your gas appliances. You can also check pilot lights and other gas flames that normally burn blue through an inspection chamber if fitted. Changes in the colour of the pilot light indicate that all is not well with the boiler and it should be serviced as soon as time permits.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) cannot be tasted and has no smell giving no opportunity to detect this dangerous gas. You will get it produced by a gas central heating boiler when there is not sufficient oxygen in the free air supply to the gas boiler combustion chamber, it is also created when you have a faulty gas appliance such as a fire or other gas unit. Properly balanced ventilation will result in Carbon Dioxide output, Carbon Monoxide will result if the level of oxygen is restricted with reduced airflow or a blocked flue. The latest gas ventilation requirements are outlined in the gas regulations and the now common availability of gas boiler and appliance servicing operations has cut the number of deaths attributable to carbon monoxide down to 30 per annual.

What are the risks with CO poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is poisonous so you should be very careful. It is easy to read about carbon monoxide symptoms and convince yourself that it is not applicable to your situation, protect your health and seek professional advice. Quick action can save your and your family’s lives. Age and good health are no defence against poisoning from carbon monoxide.

Do you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide gas poisoning?

The symptoms as a result of carbon monoxide gas poisoning can often be confused with other flu like illnesses and include:-
* headaches which occur daily
* light headiness
* weariness
* biliousness

Tell me how to reduce the chances of Carbon Monoxide related illness.

Bad ventilation resulting in lack of oxygen leads to the creation of poisonous carbon monoxide. Gas appliance engineers will check the ventilation and combustion efficiency of your gas appliances during the regular maintenance visits eliminating the causes of poor combustion. To guarantee compliance with the gas appliance servicing regulations make sure that the gas engineer you hire to service your appliances has CORGI registration. Carbon monoxide detectors can give a warning of abnormal carbon monoxide levels, models with a loud alarm are the most effective at warning the inhabitants of the home. Provision of the recommended ventilation to gas appliances is essential and you should regularly inspect any ventilation vents to ensure that the flow of air can be maintained. Moving outside your property take a look at all ventilation ducts and air bricks to make certain that they have not been covered by plant growth. Birds can often build nests in chimneys and block the airflow to gas appliances without you knowing, a visual inspection from the ground should be included within your ventilation action plan. Smoke and CO detectors are manufactured to make different audible sounds when triggered. Take some time to learn the differences so that you know what to do when one of your detectors is set off.


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