Keeping your family safe is doubtless one of your highest priorities, and you can fulfill this mission with the help of First Alert fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide alarms.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. Heat-producing devices like wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and water heaters can produce small quantities of this gas as they burn fuel.
This gas is dangerous to human health in several ways. For one thing, it bonds easily with hemoglobin, which is the blood protein responsible for carrying oxygen. As it bonds with hemoglobin, CO can supplant the oxygen molecules and cause asphyxiation. It is also dangerous because it is not detectable to human senses, and if it accumulates within homes the occupants may not be aware of its presence.
What are Some of the Effects of CO Poisoning?
Mild CO poisoning can manifest as fatigue, headaches, and vomiting. Medium doses of this gas can result in drowsiness, disorientation, and racing heartbeat. The most serious cases of CO poisoning can result in unconsciousness, brain damage, and death.
How can you Prevent CO Poisoning?
To detect CO leaks, you will need the assistance of the best fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems you can find. To help you in your detection efforts, the experts at First Alert field a wide variety of gas and fire alert systems.
First Alert offers you your choice of smoke, CO, and combined alert systems. Combined systems use photoelectric and ionization sensors to provide you with more thorough smoke detection. Sensitive electrochemical CO sensors and active alert systems back up the smoke detection systems.
Most First Alert gas and smoke sensors include voice alert capability, 85-decibel sirens, and interconnections with other nearby sensing-units. These capabilities combine to produce a network of sensors that can provide house-wide coverage. As such, First Alert home safety systems blend some of the best fire and carbon monoxide alarm features to better protect you and your family.