The importance of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Keep your family safe by ensuring CO can be detected from all potential sources. CO alarms should be installed in any room that has a fuel burning appliance, rooms where people spend most time, rooms where people sleep and any room with a flue running through it. Make sure your alarms are fitted correctly and keep them regularly maintained and tested to ensure that they work as effectively as possible
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless poisonous gas that can be deadly. It can be found in things like furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters, clothes dryers and generators. If these items are not working properly or are used incorrectly it could lead to carbon monoxide leaks into your home.
A carbon monoxide alarm is a sensitive device that detects the presence of even low levels of carbon monoxide and sounds an alarm when detected meaning you will detect the warning signs early on and get it fixed.
Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fire in your home.
A smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home and could mean the difference between life and death. Fires can occur in a variety of ways and in any room of your home, but no matter where or how, having a smoke alarm is the first key step toward your family’s safety.
In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat and that is why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. The majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep and unaware of the fire until there is not enough time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm.
For those who prefer there are also combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which can be an excellent option if you want all your appliances monitored with one device.