Where does CO come from?
CO is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that blocks your body’s ability to absorb oxygen. In gas-fired appliances CO is produced when natural gas burns incompletely. Carbon monoxide may come from several sources in your home including fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters and boilers.
This may happen if:
Also Condensation on windows, plants dying, and/or having an entire family sick at the same time can be indicators that there are toxic levels of CO in your home.
Typically, there should be a CO alarm placed within five feet of every bedroom and they should be placed near a smoke alarm. By doing this you hear the alarms if you are sleeping and also reminds you to examine and change the batteries of both alarms at the same time.
By law CO alarms are currently only mandatory in new homes. Carbon Monoxide alarms can be hardwired to your home or battery operated.T he batteries should be replaces every six months. CO alarms should be replaced every seven years.
When buying a CO alarm, look for one with a digital read out if possible. Vocal alarms allow you to record an message with your own voice, which has been shown to be more effective especially when alerting your family members.
Maintaining and servicing your heating appliance(new or old) annually.
Protect your family by booking maintenance appointments once a year for your furnace, gas fireplace, boiler and hot water tank.