The popularity of carbon monoxide detectors is increasing, and here’s why:
· Carbon monoxide (CO) is often called the silent killer. CO is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely.
· Carbon monoxide CANNOT be detected by anything other than a detector
· Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide.
· Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
· A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO overtime; likewise, a person may also be poisoned having been exposed by a large amount of CO in a short period of time.
Most sources of natural gas should have mercaptan added to easily detect a leak; however, there are many situations where this is not the case, and the odorant of propane and/or natural gas fail to provide an effective warning. Escaped gas can reach explosive levels, and the gas detector is designed to provide a warning to allow sufficient time to exit the home safely.
All detectors should be installed according to manufacturers’ instructions and checked at least every 6 months. A combination gas/carbon monoxide detector can also be purchased for peace of mind.
The use of the three detectors is essential to live safely in your home. The Beattie Law Firm stands firm on our belief to have detectors installed in your home to prevent any incidents, and even fatalities.
We are experienced in cases involving injuries sustained by carbon monoxide, fires and explosions. We care about your safety and want you to take these preventative measures; however, if you or a loved one becomes a victim, contact us immediately.