The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas, exposure to which can pose serious health hazards. It is a gas that lacks odor, taste, and color and is formed when one atom of carbon combines with one atom of oxygen.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide

  • Emissions from cars and industrial, residential, and commercial chimneys.
  • Burning fuels such as coal, gasoline, wood, kerosene, and oil.
  • Household appliances such as ovens, furnaces, clothes dryers, grills, fireplaces, and water heaters.

How Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work

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Carbon monoxide detectors are devices that record the presence of carbon monoxide over a period of time and alert members when levels pose a health hazard.

Detectors have various mechanisms for setting off the alarm:

  • Some detectors are based on chemical reactions that lead to color change.
  • Some detectors are based on the use of semiconductor sensors to create resistance to electricity due to the presence of carbon monoxide.
  • Some detectors use electrochemical reactions that trigger the alarm. These detectors work on electricity and require constant supply for effective recording and typically come equipped with battery power back ups.

Make Sure You Have Detectors in Your Home

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most common poisoning cases in the United States. People are vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning even in their homes. In many cases where carbon monoxide detectors are interacts with hemoglobin present in the blood and can cause oxygen starvation in a person, which can be fatal. This makes the installation of carbon monoxide detectors a must in households today. Since this particular gas is lighter than normal air, the detectors work best when installed high on the wall or even on the ceiling.

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