Microtec is concerned about your safety in more ways than one. We want to educate you about security issues that go beyond protecting property in your home or business.
The winter months bring with them snow, icy roads and cold temperatures. They also require you to heat your home or business more often which puts you at risk for Carbon monoxide poisoning. In fact, did you know that Carbon monoxide is the most toxic substance you'll come into contact within your daily life, but do you know what it is, where it comes from, who is at risk and how to prevent Carbon monoxide poisoning?
What is Carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Appliances fueled with gas, oil, kerosene, or wood may produce CO.
Where does CO come from?
Simply put, Carbon monoxide is produced by devices that burn fuels. Therefore, any fuel-burning appliance in your home or business is a potential CO source. Under normal circumstances, CO should not be detectable in the typical home or workplace.
Who is at risk of CO poisoning?
A person or animal in space shared with a device capable of generating CO can be considered at risk of being poisoning. Because CO gas has no warning properties, even at toxic or life threatening levels, it is considered a silent killer.
How can I prevent CO poisoning?
Dangerous levels of CO can be prevented by proper appliance maintenance, installation, and use. Timely inspections of potentially CO-producing equipment, and the use of monitored CO detectors, are also the key to avoiding CO fatalities.
How do monitored CO detectors work?
A CO detector sounds an alarm because it detects an elevated level of CO. Different brands of detectors are designed with different options and features. Some are made to sound an alarm at persistent, low levels of CO while others will sound an alarm only at life-threatening levels.
Talk to a professional about what a CO detector can do for you. Check out the ‘Find a Dealer’ page to find a professional dealer near you.