There may be a killer lurking in your home, as you read this. You can’t see them, they don’t have an odor and, depending on their length of stay, you may already be affected by their presence. This isn’t a person or animal, though. In stead, you’re on battling against carbon monoxide. Does this scenario seem unbelievable?

On average, approximately 15,000 emergency department visits and nearly 500 deaths annually in the United States.

Fortunately, you can combat this menace by going on the offensive with a few well-planned steps.

A Silent Killer

Since carbon monoxide(CO) is virtually undetectable by sight, smell, or taste, it can go unnoticed and untreated indefinitely. Particularly for customers with gas appliances such as stoves and range tops, space heaters, furnaces, as well as electric appliances like refrigerators and freezers, can be sources of gas exposure in your home. Having a detection system becomes the best option for true piece of mind for you and your family’s safety.

Although CO itself is not usually detected by our senses, there can be some signs or symptoms present around your house, which put up a red flag to the presence of this or other noxious gasses. Indicators include:

  • Persistent burning smell
  • Condensation on walls near gas appliances
  • Problems with pilot light consistency
  • Pilot light flame color (blue to yellow)

These may all be attributed to other sources, but it is best to eliminate possibilities and, in the process, you may also rid your home of other problems.

Health Concerns

Like a canary in the preverbal coal mine, our own health is often the strongest indicator to the presence of CO in the home. The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning are well-documented. Unfortunately, they aren’t specific to co poisoning, but should be more reg flags for a treatable problem, within the home.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Dizzyness
  • Constant fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion or feeling “in a fog”
  • Flu-like symptoms

Additionally, be aware of these symptoms disappearing or subsiding, when away from the house for extended amounts of time. The symptoms can mimic other ailments, which causes them to go undetected for longer periods of time. If the symptoms come and go, depending on your time away from your house, this may be a good indicator to seek out a detection method or system.


Home Security Your Way

When we think about keeping our home and family safe, it’s imperative to consider as many possible breaches and then prioritize through likelihood and necessity. Each home is different and will require its own assessment. Location, size of home, and specific customer concerns are all part of the process for developing a comprehensive picture of your home security needs. Protect America can then provide a free quote for a personalized security set up. And the best part is they have eliminated a “middle-man” which passes on savings to the customer. Call today to start your move towards better home security.