Carbon monoxide kills if left undetected
For the safety of you and your family, it is advisable to fit a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home and business. Just like a smoke alarm which alerts you to the presence of smoke, a carbon monoxide detector will alert you to the presence of CO.
Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and dangerous. The difference with CO is that it is invisible and has no smell or taste, so you might not realise it is there.
Smoke alarms do not detect carbon monoxide.
What alarm should I fit?
Gas Safe Register recommends the use of audible carbon monoxide alarms. These are what we install, test and recommend. Our carbon monoxide alarms all show the standard safety markings and are marked to EN 50291 and also have the British Standards’ Kite mark or another European approval organisation’s mark on it. CO alarms usually have a battery life of up to 5 years but all alarms should be tested regularly for battery power.
We recommend and are able to fit an alarm in each room with a gas appliance. Always follow the alarm manufacturer’s instructions on locating and siting, testing and replacing the alarm.
Do not use the ‘black spot’ detectors that change colour when carbon monoxide is present, they don’t make a sound and are therefore pointless and guide dangerous as no audible alert can take place during sleep. It is important to choose an alarm that will wake you up if you’re asleep, or you may not be aware of early CO symptoms until it is too late.
We are able to offer you free quotations for CO detector installations and testing. Call us today for a free survey.