Do you have CO (Carbon Monoxide) Detectors in your house?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

Low levels of carbon monoxide in your house can cause shortness of breath, mild nausea, and mild headaches, and may have longer-term effects on your health.  Since many of these symptoms are similar to those of the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses, you may not think that CO poisoning could be the cause.  Know the symptoms of CO poisoning. At moderate levels, you or your family can get severe headaches, become dizzy, mentally confused, nauseated, or faint. You can even die if these levels persist for a long time.

Checking For Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s fairly easy to check and see if you have CO Detectors in your house.  They are sometimes combined with smoke alarms and are hard wired into the electrical system with a battery back up.  Other times they are installed by themselves in this manner, or a stand alone unit with just a battery or a plug in model.   There is no right or wrong.  For all models to work effectively they must be properly maintained and tested sometimes by a professional.

So do a simple check to see if you have any CO Detectors.  If you or your family are experiencing any of the symptoms of CO poisoning you need to get in touch with a professional who can check you appliances and flues for proper operation and perhaps seek medical attention.  Also, call you local utility company as they will most likely perform gas leak test for free.  Lastly for back-up safety for your family check and maintain your CO Detectors and install them if necessary.  For your peace of mind in every home we inspect in our service area of Park City or surrounding areas such as Heber City or Salt Lake,  we make sure they are installed in your home and recommend installation immediately if they are not.

Where should Carbon Monoxide detectors be placed in the house?

All homes should have at least one CO detector National standards recommend that a CO alarm be placed near the bedrooms close enough to hear it when the bedroom doors are closed. If the bedrooms are not together, additional CO alarms will be needed. In larger homes, just one CO alarm may not be close enough to other parts of the home to be heard. For example, if the CO alarm is upstairs and you have a family room on the lower level, you might need an additional unit to be close enough to hear it. If the room in in the basement, there will be two levels separating you from the CO alarm, so it is less likely that you will hear it. In this case, a CO alarm on each level is prudent.

Ben Akers

 

ibeam Home Inspection

 

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