Danger of Breathing Co2
Carbon Dioxide (Co2) is a non-flammable, colorless, and odorless gas that was identified by a Scottish chemist in the 1750s. When an excessive amount of Co2 builds up in a confined area such as your home, it will dangerously lower the concentration levels of oxygen in the air.
During a house fire, oxygen is used by the fire as a fuel source and the fire expels Co2 in equal amounts to the oxygen that is consumed. This creates a dangerous cycle that can quickly deplete oxygen levels in a home and eventually lead to unconsciousness or asphyxiation if anyone should remain in the dwelling for too long after a fire begins.
Danger of Smoke Inhalation
For the reasons outlined above, installing Co2 detectors and smoke alarms are extremely important for the safety of your family. Functioning smoke alarms reduce the risk of death as a result of a home fire by as much as 50%.
With an indoor fire, the smoke is actually quite hot and poisonous and because of this, smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death for in home fires.
What Type of Smoke Alarm Should I Purchase?
According to Consumer Reports Buyers Guide, there are 3 basic types of smoke alarms:
- 1) Ionization Alarms, which are best at detecting flaming fires.
- 2) Photoelectric Alarms, which are best at detecting slower, smoldering fires.
- 3) CO Alarms, which are best at detecting carbon monoxide emitted from fuel-burning appliances such as natural gas units (hot water tank, furnace, ranges), or devices such gasoline-powered generators (used during power outages), which may be running in an attached garage.
As present, there is not one single device that can effectively detect all three hazards, smoke, carbon monoxide, and Co2. Installing more than one type of alarm for each instance of potential risk is currently the best way to approach overall protection for your family and home.
For more information on Co2 detectors and smoke alarm installation, or if you have any questions regarding battery-powered versus electrically powered smoke alarms, contact our Abbotsford electricians Mike Speakman and Tristan McAllan today at 604-308-6195 or send us an email.
We can evaluate your home to determine the best solution to fit your family’s needs.
Premium Electric services communities throughout the Fraser Valley including Abbottsford, Mission, Aldergrove, Maple Ridge, Langley, and Chilliwack. We also offer electrical safety inspections and 24-hour emergency electrical services.
Co2 & Smoke Detector FAQs
What does it mean if my smoke detector is beeping?
Usually if you have a low battery, your smoke alarm or Co2 detector may begin to beep. If the beeping won’t stop even after changing the battery, your Co2 or smoke detector may be defective and may need to be replaced.
How often do Co2 and Smoke Detectors need to be replaced?
Co2 detectors and smoke alarms do have a life span and most should be replaced within the first 10 years.
Can I use battery powered smoke detectors?
A stand-alone battered powered smoke detector is not as reliable. Also, the advantage of using wired-in smoke detectors is that they can be interconnected with other smoke detectors throughout the building so that if one alarm goes off, they all go off.
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