Having a carbon monoxide alarm as an additional feature to your fire alarm system could prevent you from becoming a victim of this lethal gas. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide has no smell, taste or colour and according to the NHS leads to around 40 deaths every year.
The gas can cause symptoms similar to food poisoning and the flu such as:
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
Where does the gas come from?
The gas can come from a number of sources such as boilers, cookers, heaters and fireplaces.
Understanding the sources is key to finding the best place to position your carbon monoxide alarm. If you put an alarm too close to a potential source of carbon monoxide then you could get unreliable readings. However, if you place it too far away, or at the wrong height, your alarm might not be able to detect the gas before it’s too late.
If you think you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning then it’s best to stop using the appliance you think might be giving off the gas, leave the building, call the gas emergency line (0800 111 999) and seek immediate medical attention.
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Carbon monoxide poisoning can leave you with serious long term brain and heart problems, so it’s best to be safe rather than sorry.
How To Get A Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Plenty of places sell carbon monoxide alarms, so you could always do it yourself, but why take the chance?
The placement of these alarms is crucial, putting one too close or far away from the source of the potential leak can mean the difference between life and death.
The risks of fitting one incorrectly means that we think installing alarms such as these is definitely a job for the professionals. At Spy Alarms, we’ve been installing carbon monoxide detectors with our fire and burglar alarm systems for years.
We don’t fit individual carbon monoxide alarms, but we will integrate them into a full security alarm system that will keep your family safe. These alarm systems can include burglar alarms, CCTV systems, smoke and heat detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
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We offer a free home survey where you can tell us what you need and we’ll design a solution that’s completely tailored to your specific needs.
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