If you’re like most people, regardless of whether or not you own or rent your home, you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in order to keep yourself and your family safe from harm. Nowadays, a carbon monoxide alarm is required by law, but that doesn’t mean that you remember to check your existing alarm to ensure that it is working properly, and unfortunately a faulty alarm can mean the difference between life and death.
Morbid? Well, it’s the truth.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, colorless, odorless and very poisonous gas that has been labeled the silent killer—because without a carbon monoxide alarm, there is no possible way to know if you’ve been exposed to the gas. In fact, it’s been reported that around 500 people in the United States die each year of carbon monoxide poisoning and thousands are hospitalized. That might not sound like a lot, but the last thing you want is to be one of the few. So even if you think your apartment has an installed carbon monoxide alarm, you need to check, double check and check again. If the alarm isn’t working, it’s due time to purchase a new one.
Carbon monoxide is produced as a result of the incomplete burning of carbon-containing fluids. In today’s world, the common household appliance utilizes carbon-containing fluids, which means that there is no safe way around it—you need a carbon monoxide alarm. Anything that burns coal, gasoline, oil, propane or wood can let off this poison such as cooking stoves, fireplaces, refrigerators, water heaters, portable propane heaters and so on. Charcoal grills also let off this gas which is another reason why they can’t be used indoors.
You can see why having a working, properly installed carbon monoxide alarm is very important. However, you’d be surprised how many people have come to us panicked because they have just realized that their alarm either wasn’t working (and they just realized it) or there were no batteries installed. Yeah, it’s a scary thought but so many people just automatically assume that their apartment has an alarm or they misunderstand what a carbon monoxide alarm is—it’s not even close to being the same thing as a fire alarm. In fact, many house fire fatalities are from carbon monoxide, not the fire itself!
Now that we have stressed the importance of carbon monoxide alarms you’re probably wondering what brand you should purchase. Believe it or not, the reliability of a brand does matter—especially when it comes to a life or death situation. You don’t want to pick up any no name brand because it’s cheap because cheap and malfunctioning options is all you will receive. A BIG no-no.
There are two very trusted leaders in the fire safety industry who also specialize in carbon monoxide alarms—BRK (First Alert) and Kidde. At Westside Wholesale we highly recommend these brands over the many other brands on the market due to their longstanding reliability, solid history, high-efficiency and solid history among customers. Additionally, these brands take great pride in what they do and they are active in communities nationwide to raise awareness in fire prevention, carbon monoxide and overall safety. There’s nothing that shouts “trustworthy” louder!
All in all, it’s important for you to also know that carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every seven years in order to guarantee their functionality. It’s also important to test your carbon monoxide alarm at least once every week to ensure that you’re safe and that the alarm is in working order. If you’re looking to purchase a new carbon monoxide alarm or would like more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us—we are here to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.