In any household that uses fuel-burning appliances or HVAC equipment, the danger of carbon monoxide exposure exists. The most effective way to protect yourself and your family is to install carbon monoxide detectors. Here are some suggestions for keeping those critical safety devices working properly.
Where Does Carbon Monoxide Come From?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly toxic gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is produced when a flammable substances, such as natural gas, are burned to produce heat. If a problem with the appliance or the ventilation system causes CO to escape into your home’s living areas, you and your family can be in great danger from carbon monoxide poisoning. This condition can severely harm your health after only a minimal amount of exposure to CO; greater exposure can even cause death.
You can improve indoor safety by installing CO detectors outside each bedroom, at each end of each floor of your home, and anywhere else local regulations require. After installation, you should check these devices at least once a year to ensure they’re working like they should.
Checking Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Look for damage: Visually inspect the CO detector to make sure it is clean and undamaged. It should be firmly attached to the wall or ceiling.
- Press to test button: Find the test button (usually on the face of the detector) and press it until the alarm goes off. If the alarm doesn’t sound after a few seconds, replace the batteries and try again. If the alarm still doesn’t go off after holding down the test button for several seconds, you’ll have to replace the entire unit.
- Change the batteries: Even if the detector passes the test, it is still advisable to put in fresh batteries before heating season starts. This ensures consistent operation and reduces the chance of failure.
Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions has been in business since 1969, providing expert HVAC services to customers in Orlando and the neighboring Florida communities. Contact us today for more information on carbon monoxide detectors and how to check them to ensure they’re in good working order.
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