August 02, 2018

Stay Safe with Carbon Monoxide Alarms

What is carbon monoxide? How many alarms do I need? How to stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning? What are the dangers of CO poisoning?

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When we bought our home in 2011, we had a long list of items from our city that had to be done within 90 days of buying our home. One of the items on the list was carbon monoxide detectors. We have one in each bedroom and on each floor in our home. We are all about safety and know that it is important to have these alarms in our house in case there were ever any carbon monoxide leaks. Especially as a parent, I want to keep my kids safe and we frequently check out alarms to make sure that they are working.

  • What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device.
  • What is a Carbon Monoxide alarm? CO alarms detect carbon monoxide and provide early warning.
  • What are the sources of Carbon Monoxide? CO can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove, or cars.
  • What are the harms of Carbon Monoxide? CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental deaths in the US including 450 deaths and 20,000 emergency room visits a year.
  • How to remember to change your Carbon Monoxide alarm? I like putting a notification in my phone that will come up like any other calendar event as a reminder to replace my CO alarms to keep my family safe.
  • How many Carbon Monoxide detectors do I need? It is recommended to have one on each level in your home and one in each bedroom. 
  • Tips to stay safe with your Carbon Monoxide alarm:
    • Test alarms regularly
    • Replace batteries every 6 months
    • Never leave a car running in an attached garage
    • Plan an escape route for your family in case of emergency
The carbon monoxide alarms that we have always used are First Alert. They come with different kinds of alarms to fit the needs of your family. They come with a 10 year battery which my husband is a huge fan of because we are not a fan of changing batteries often. I can't tell you how many times we have been woken up in the night from beeping fire alarm batteries. 

I especially like the two-in-one smoke and carbon monoxide alarm from First Alert which is a talking alarm that tells you the type and location of dangers with voice alerts. It was the perfect time to change our alarms and they were super easy to install.

In 2011, many states adopted new building codes meaning that homes with CO alarms that last 7 years are expiring or will expire soon. These states are California, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Visit the First Alert website for safety tips and legislation requirements.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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