Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is generally called “Invisible Killer.” Carbon Monoxide, CO is released into the air due to incomplete burning of fuels such as coal, gas, wood, oil, kerosene and propane. All types of machinery powered by these fuels releases huge amounts of CO in the atmosphere.

Research shows about 170 deaths occur due to inhaling of CO each year. And this is primarily because of malfunctioning of equipment using fuels, such as furnaces, room heaters, and fireplaces.

There are various symptoms of CO poisoning such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, mental confusion, fainting, muscle fatigue and ultimately death. The first carbon monoxide detectors were simple white pads which changed color to brown if CO was in the atmosphere. However, these had to be visually inspected by the homeowner regularly and did not sound an alarm.

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With the advancement in technology, these white pads were replaced with standard audible alarms. Nowadays, alarms are based on a concentration-time function which means that the alarm only trips when a certain amount of CO is present in the air. Lower amounts of CO will not set off the alarm for 10-30 minutes, but higher concentration only requires 2-5 minutes to trigger the alarm.

You need to remember that your CO alarm will not detect smoke and you will need to buy a separate smoke alarm for that. CO alarm should ideally be installed in every room that has a fuel-burning appliance, so the whole house is properly protected. Do not install your CO alarm in the wrong place such as in cupboards or confined spaces as it might not go off when needed. Also, avoid fitting it next to a window or vent because it will not work correctly.

BK Electric Services are experts in installing CO alarms, and our licensed team has over two decades of experience in handling every kind of electrical issue. Call us today, and we will help you find the right CO alarm to suit your requirements. We provide services in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Fernando Valley areas.