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Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Installation

Protect Your Family from Fires & Poisoning

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that 2,100 Americans die each year in this country from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In fact, carbon monoxide poisoning has grown to be the United States’ top cause of poisoning deaths. Carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, so it can kill you without you ever knowing it was there without a carbon monoxide detector. However, carbon monoxide poisoning is completely preventable if you install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Additionally, the law requires homeowners to install smoke detectors in various areas around their homes. You can sufficiently protect your family against poisoning, fires, and other domestic disasters by having Mr. Electric of Baton Rouge perform a carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation in your Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA home.

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Installation

Protect Your Family from Fires & Poisoning

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  • Unlike smoke, which rises in the air, carbon monoxide diffuses in your home evenly. You should install standalone carbon monoxide detectors whenever possible at knee and chest height. Mr. Electric of Baton Rouge advises placing CO detectors at knee height since your face is at about that level when you sleep. However, we recommend placing carbon monoxide detectors at chest height if you have children or pets that could get their hands or paws on them. If you have combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you should always install them at ceiling height to detect smoke signs from a fire as early as possible. Hiding CO and smoke detectors behind curtains or doors can negatively affect their functionality, so you must place them in open areas.
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What Are the Sources of Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide can originate from a wide array of household appliances, such as wood or gas fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces, gas ranges or stoves, and gas clothes dryers. Other sources producing CO include fuel-burning space heaters, exhaust from cars, and gas or charcoal grills. Operating these appliances and features in poorly ventilated spaces or when an appliance or feature has venting malfunctions can lead to carbon monoxide building up rapidly. If you have a closed clogged chimney or woodstove flue, CO can back up into your home. Mr. Electric of Baton Rouge puts your safety first and recommends the following ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning at home:

  • Install CO detectors in your home (Minimum of one detector per level and outside each bedroom).
  • Change your CO detector batteries every six to 12 months.
  • Never run a vehicle, generator, or device with a fuel-fed motor inside your garage or home.
  • Always turn off your vehicle when parked in your garage.
  • Look for the American Gas Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) seal of approval when purchasing gas appliances or equipment.
  • Have a licensed appliance professional inspect your gas appliances annually.
  • Never use flameless chemical heaters in enclosed spaces or indoors.
  • If you have a malfunctioning gas appliance, have a service expert repair it.
  • Always open your flue when burning a fire in your furnace or fireplace.
  • Do not heat your home with a gas oven.
  • Always operate grills in a well-ventilated outdoor area.
  • When camping, use battery-operated heaters.
  • Adjust all gas appliances properly, using an exhaust fan when appropriate.
  • Understand which sound is your smoke detector and which is your CO detector.
  • Contact your local fire department if you can’t afford a CO detector. Programs are in place to help low-income households and the elderly acquire these devices.
  • Does your home have adequate protection against carbon monoxide poisoning? If a CO leak happens from a malfunctioning appliance while your family’s asleep, no one will ever wake up to notice your home has this poisonous gas filling it without a carbon monoxide detector installation. Additionally, CO can take the lives of your family members in minutes, depending on the level of carbon monoxide in your air. Carbon monoxide detectors detect elevated carbon monoxide levels and alert you when the level puts you at risk of poisoning. You might not know the symptoms of CO poisoning, so we’ve outlined them for your benefit. Symptoms can be similar to having the flu without a fever. Look for the following warning signs:

    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Sleepiness
    • Lightheadedness
    • Vomiting
    • Fatigue or weakness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Irregular breathing
    • Chest pain
    • Confusion
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    If tripping circuit breakers is a frequent occurrence in your home, your appliances may not be connected to dedicated circuits. The National Electrical Code requires dedicated circuits for major electrical appliances such as refrigerators because they ensure that appliances can operate safely.

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    Exterior buildings provide valuable space for a range of needs. Equipping those outbuildings with electricity makes them more accessible day and night and expands their functionality. Your local Mr. Electric® provides electrical services for detached buildings in your area.

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