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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of combustion and when uncontained, can be found in homes and garages across America. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and can be fatal with exposure. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that approximately 200 people a year are killed by CO in the United States, and 5,000 are injured.

The best way to protect you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning is to install quality CO detectors in your home. Here’s a quick guide on how to get started:

What Brand?

All detectors sold in the United States must meet minimum sensitivity and alarm characteristics. The possibility of false alarms is lower than ever before, so take notice if yours goes off. You should never purchase a detector that is not approved by the Underwriters Laboratory, which all detectors sold in America should be.

How Many Carbon Monoxide Detectors? Where?

The CPSC recommends you place a CO detector on each floor of your home. At least be sure to have one on every floor where you or family members sleep, as well as on the levels that have major gas-burning appliances (such as a furnace or water heater). Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious business. Make sure you’re safe by properly installing quality CO detectors in all the appropriate areas of your home.

If you’ve been injured while using a product that you suspect had a manufacturing flaw or was sold despite a recall, you may have grounds for compensation.

Contact The Beattie Law Firm for a free consultation with an attorney at 515-263-1000.