When it comes to the home security system a homeowner chooses, one of the biggest issues with that system is making sure they’re being protected for everything that could put them at risk. One of those risks — and one that a lot of people don’t think about — is carbon monoxide (CO2). This colorless and odorless gas can be deadly in large enough quantities, and when it gets into a house a homeowner often doesn’t realize it. Sometimes they get sick and decide to go out and get fresh air, which can help them feel better, but too often the addition of CO2 into a house becomes a tragedy instead.
That’s why it’s good to have a detector that can warn the homeowner if the levels of carbon monoxide get too high. That can save lives, and can also alert the homeowner to a potential problem with the home that needs to be fixed. But the only way to be sure the detector is working right is to pay attention to whether it’s providing information about its status — and to test it periodically to be sure it’s not malfunctioning. It’s not hard to test one of these detectors, but it needs to be done and can be well worth doing when it comes to making sure a homeowner is protected.
What is a Carbon Monoxide Detector?
A carbon monoxide detector is specifically designed to look for the presence of CO2 in a home. That way a homeowner can have peace of mind, and doesn’t have to worry about whether the CO2 levels are getting too high in the house to be safe for them.
Every year, people die because of carbon monoxide poisoning, and in most cases it’s because there aren’t any working detectors in the house.
Like smoke alarms, these detectors either need to be hardwired into the home’s electrical system, or they need to run on batteries. Many models are wired in and then use a battery backup. But for models that are battery only, replacing the batteries when necessary is extremely important. Otherwise they could end up not working when they need to, and that can spell disaster.
Are False Positives and Negatives Possible?
The automation and security system is one that more homeowners are showing an interest in today, but these systems are imperfect in some instances. The biggest problem for CO2 detectors is through the use of false positives and negatives. Naturally it’s much better for the system to sound an alert accidentally than it is for the system to not go off when an alert is needed. But there are ways to reduce the chances of either one of those things happening, and one of those ways is to be sure that the detector is tested once per week. Then any malfunction can be picked up on quickly so it can be fixed.
Make Sure to Test the Detector Safely
While these detectors are not dangerous, having one that’s hardwired into the house means working with electricity. Test the detector safely by:
- Pressing the test button
- Keeping hands away from the detector’s interior
- not taking the detector apart
- changing the batteries when needed
- replacing the detector if it’s defective
- getting a professional to handle any electrical problems
There are some great reasons to make sure a detector is working right, and the most important reason is the safety of the homeowner and their family. By checking the detector at reasonable intervals, there’s a lot less chance of a problem occurring.
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