There is much you can do around your Naples-area home that can help you to reduce bills. However, it is also important to invest in products and pay attention to tasks that are necessary because they can save lives. A carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is one of those products every home should have. In some states or local jurisdictions, it is a legal requirement. Carbon monoxide poisoning results in an average of 170 deaths per year, causes an average of 170 deaths per year, and results in many cases of illnesses and hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide alarms are invaluable for the health and safety of your household.

The Importance of the Alarms

Your furnace, lawn equipment, gas stove, motor vehicles, and generators are among the sources of carbon monoxide found in, and around the average home. Whether through leaks or combustion of fuels, these types of equipment can result in carbon monoxide poisoning if they are not used properly or carefully maintained. Carbon monoxide alarms detect CO leaks before they become deadly. For the health and safety of your family, you should check your carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are functioning.

CO leaks can cause nausea, dizziness, vomiting, headaches and loss of consciousness. The symptoms are usually related to the concentrations of CO. The higher the concentration the more severe the symptoms.

Schedule Maintenance

Consult the manufacturer’s instructions regarding maintenance of your CO alarms. It is usually recommended that you test them twice yearly. While your carbon monoxide alarm is necessary to reduce your risk of CO poisoning, it is best to avoid the risk as much as possible. Ensure that all products, appliances, or combustion equipment are properly maintained. If you use a furnace, it is very important that you schedule routine maintenance each year. Your HVAC technician will be able to spot potential problems and take action before you are affected.

If you have an attached garage, never leave your vehicle running. You should never use fuel-burning appliances in enclosed areas. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in the hallway near each sleeping area.

To learn more about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning or to have carbon monoxide alarms installed, contact Accurate Comfort Services, Inc. at 239-643-3105 in Naples or 239-389-9600 in Marco Island.