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Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, poisonous gas that kills hundreds of people each year and injures many more. It is often referred to as the silent killer because it has no odour or taste and cannot be seen. Like oxygen, Carbon monoxide enters through the lungs during the normal breathing process. It competes with oxygen by replacing it in the red blood cells, thereby reducing the flow of oxygen to the heart, brain and other vital organs. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide can kill in minutes!
Many cases of reported carbon monoxide poisoning indicate that while victims are aware they are not feeling well, they become disorientated and unable to save themselves by either exiting the building or calling for assistance. Exposure during sleep is particularly dangerous because the victim usually does not wake up.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning vary depending on exposure, ranging from headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion to drousiness, fast heart rate, convulsions and death.
The benefit of installing a carbon monoxide alarm is that it has an advanced electrochemical sensor designed to accurately measure low levels of carbon monoxide providing an early warning of toxic carbon monoxide levels in your home. The carbon monoxide detector monitors the level of carbon monoxide as ppm (parts-per-million) in the atmosphere surrounding the detector. To get an idea, the following applies:
35ppm-Maximum allowable concentration for continuous exposure for healthy adults in any 8hr period, as recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administrator.
200ppm-Slight headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea after 2-3hrs.
400ppm-Frontal headaches within 1-2hrs, life threatening after 3hrs.
800ppm-Dizziness, nausea and convulsions within 45minutes. Unconsciousness within 2hrs. Death within 2-3hrs.
Having a carbon monoxide alarm fitted would avoid worry and danger and give you piece of mind. We are currently offering a FREE carbon monoxide alarm with every Landlord Gas Safety Certificate. Alternatively, you can purchase one from our engineers or contact our office.