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Protect Your Loved Ones – Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

#1 Cause of Poisoning Deaths in US

Carbon monoxide kills over 400 people a year, and is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in America.  This odorless, colorless gas can work quickly, giving little indication of its presence until extreme symptoms of poisoning appear.  Because CO is so difficult to identify, carbon monoxide detectors are needed in every single home.  They provide both a first line of defense and peace of mind, but only when they are properly installed.

What to Look for in a CO Detector

When buying a CO detector, be aware of available options.  CO detectors come in many shapes and sizes.  Most importantly, the CO detector that you choose should meet UL standards.  These standards specify acceptable locations for the detectors and considerations such as response times to certain detected concentrations.  The higher the concentration, the faster the response should be.  First and foremost, you should make sure your detector meets these standards.

Types Of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Next, choose the type of detector.  Detectors can be battery operated or plug-in with a backup battery.  The latter is the better choice, because they are more dependable.  Detectors that run solely on batteries go through them quickly, making people less likely to replace them when needed.  Plug-ins last longer and have the battery backup in case of a power outage.  Some CO detectors also come with a digital display indicating exact CO concentrations.  For a few extra dollars, these detectors provide valuable knowledge to protect you and your family.  They can convey to the user levels just below threshold, which can be problematic for long periods of time.  They can also display peak readings from the recent past, notifying the home owners of incidents that may have occurred when they weren’t in the house.  Additionally, they can alert emergency responders to the threat level facing CO poisoning victims.

Where to Place Your CO Detector

Finally, CO detectors need to be placed properly in the home so they can work efficiently.  If you choose to purchase only one CO detector, it should be placed near the sleeping area of the house to wake up victims in the middle of the night.  However, it is recommended to purchase enough detectors for every level of the home, and for every bedroom.  Because carbon monoxide is produced by burning fuel, do not place the detector near a fuel burning appliance because this could mask a serious problem (the detector should be at least 15 feet away).  Keep it away from humid areas, like the bathroom, as well.  CO is often produced with hot air and thus has a tendency to rise, so don’t set the detector too close to the floor.  And of course, consult the instruction manual included with your detector and follow the manufacturer’s specific recommendations.  Most modern detectors last 5-6 years, so be sure to replace them after this time frame, even if they appear to be working fine.

Choosing the right CO detector can prevent serious injuries and even death.  Make an informed decision, and install the device correctly to protect yourself and your loved ones.


Do You Need A Virginia Carbon Monoxide Lawyer?

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC represent victims and their families that have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity. If you’ve been poisoned and you suspect that it was caused by a defective appliance,  faulty repairs, a negligent installation, or the carelessness of another– contact our attorneys today.

Our attorneys understand the urgent need to do an immediate investigation on your behalf to preserve crucial evident and have obtained outstanding results for our clients. We offer a no fee promise which means you pay no legal fees unless we win or settle your case.