Why do I need a Carbon Monoxide Alarm?
An Audible Carbon Monoxide Alarm Can Save Lives
A carbon monoxide alarm is essential to prevent accidental
exposure to the deadly gas as it cannot be seen, smelt or
Almost all domestic fuel burning appliances are capable of
producing CO, especially if they are badly maintained.
This means that every household is at risk of CO poisoning
at some point. Carbon Monoxide Alarms are inexpensive and easy
Even if there is a very small amount of Carbon Monoxide Gas
escaping into your home you could be at risk of illness
including the possibility of long term damage to the brain.
Common symptoms for Carbon Monoxide poisoning are similar to
symptoms of an ordinary cold or to a dose of flu (without
fever) and include:
If you and especially other members of your family are
suffering from these symptoms, you cannot be sure that you are
not suffering from the effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning
unless you have installed a CO Alarm in your house.
Unborn babies, small children, pregnant women and senior
citizens - especially with respiratory problems - may
experience the symptoms sooner than others. But everyone in a
house is at risk.
Even tiny amounts of carbon monoxide can cause harm; and long
term exposure to small amounts of CO (assuming they are not
fatal) can even cause permanent brain damage.
The presence of Carbon Monoxide is measured in parts per
million. The following gives an indication of the harm
different amounts of the gas can cause:
50 PPM The maximum safety level as defined by
the Health and Safety Executive
200 PPM Slight headache, tiredness, dizziness and
nausea after 2-3 hours
400PPM Frontal headache within 1-2 hours,life threatening
after 3 hours
800 PPM Dizziness, nausea and convulsions within 45
minutes. Unconsciousness within 2 hours. Death within 2-3
1600 PPM Headache, dizziness and nausea with 20 minutes.
Death within 1 hour
6400 PPM Headache, dizziness and nausea within 1-2 minutes.
Death within 10-15 minutes
A Carbon Monoxide Alarm should give a shrill alarm within the
following timetables (according to European Standard
EN50291:2001), so protecting you from illness or death, even if
you are asleep:
50 PPM The unit must alarm within 60 - 90 minutes
100 PPM The unit must alarm with 10 - 40 minutes
300 PPM The unit must alarm in less than 3 minutes
Carbon Monoxide harms by entering the lungs as you breathe
normally and displacing oxygen from the bloodstream. This
interrupts the normal supply of oxygen to the vital organs and
puts your life at risk.
The very best way to prevent accidental death from CO
poisoning is to buy an audible CO Alarm and to ensure that your
appliances are serviced annually.
Awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning can help save
lives. A Carbon Monoxide
Alarm is an essential for every home,
in addition to annual servicing of boilers and other
appliances. An audible Carbon Monoxide
Alarm is the key to saving lives. Do
not be a victim of the silent killer.
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