According to the Centers for Disease Control, Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning kills an average of 430 people every year in North America, with the majority of residential fatalities caused by fossil fuels such as wood, gasoline, charcoal or oil being burned without sufficient air. Carbon monoxide (CO) can be fatal within minutes.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas produced by gas-burning products such as boilers, fireplaces, built-in ovens and cookers. Properly working units vent carbon monoxide fumes outside.
The poisonous gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, making it difficult to recognize. When inhaled, the gas displaces oxygen in the blood. In large enough quantities, carbon monoxide quickly causes suffocation, loss of consciousness and death. Chronic exposure at lower levels causes neurological and flu-like symptoms.
When vents malfunction, poisonous gas levels build, causing symptoms that could be prevented with a properly working carbon monoxide alarm.
The Benefits of a Monitored Carbon Monoxide Alarm in Your Home
The Centers for Disease Control reports that people who are sleeping can die from carbon monoxide poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms. And pets are also vulnerable. This is why the alarms installed by Protection 1 are monitored around the clock, even while you are away.
If the carbon monoxide levels in your home rise, a Protection 1 wireless detector system will alert you and our monitoring center.
A Better Alarm
Protection 1 installs wireless alarms for no-drill, same-day installation. The alarm detects rising levels of the gas, quickly alerting you to danger. To ensure round-the-clock protection, the alarm alerts your monitoring station with signals to indicate low battery, damage from tampering or malfunction, even if you are not at home.
Protection 1 only installs ETL-listed detectors, which meet North American Safety standards.
The Importance of Monitoring
Monitored alarms ensure that every member of your family has help when they need it. Because your monitoring station is alerted when a unit needs service, you have peace of mind that you are always protected. The wireless design helps homeowners follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines to install alarms in the hallway near every bedroom.
In North America, it is a requirement by law to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in the home. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the following states require an alarm if your home is heated and has a bedroom, fireplace or garage: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.
Other states require alarms if your home is rented, recently constructed or offered for sale. While specific statutes vary, states include Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Tennessee.
What it Means when your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Beeps?
When you hear a carbon monoxide detector beeping, it means that noxious fumes are leaking from a source in your home and immediate action must be taken. A carbon monoxide alarm beeping makes a particular sound, different to that of a smoke detector. It’s important to make note of the difference in sound when the alarm is installed.
When you hear a carbon monoxide detector beeping, the first steps are to leave the home and call emergency services.
After you have called emergency services, contact Protection 1 to determine the cause of the alarm. A team member will be able to ascertain whether CO levels were the reason for the carbon monoxide detector beeping, or if the alarm had been tempered with or is faulty.
Advantages of Installing a 1 Protection Carbon Monoxide Detector
- A wireless alarm is easily installed without any additional home wiring.
- Battery operation ensures that the unit stays reliable during emergency situations, such as blackouts and brownouts. Long-life lithium batteries require infrequent changes, and low-battery indicator sounds and lights remind you when the batteries in your wireless detector need to be changed.
- Quality wireless detectors are loud enough to alert your family to problems while they sleep or in noisy conditions. Additionally, they alert you through your mobile device to let you know of an emergency while you are away from the home.
- A tamper-resistant casing helps keep insects, rodents and children from damaging your detector, and an end-of-life sensor lets you know when your device needs to be replaced.
- Integrate your alarm with your home security system to get around-the-clock monitoring of your home's carbon monoxide levels.
- Protection 1 tracks your alarm and dispatches someone to your home when problems occur, even when you are away. This provides added protection for your pets when you’re not there.
- With home automation integration, our security professionals also receive alerts when your battery is low or someone is tampering with the unit.