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Carbon Monoxide Detector & Smoke Detector in Birmingham, AL

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 2,100 people die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the United States. It is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. It is colorless, tasteless, odorless and absolutely preventable. You are now required by law to have smoke detectors installed in your home. In the event of a fire, it could save the lives of you and your loved ones. Smoke detectors provide the early warning needed to prevent fire fatalities.
Carbon Monoxide Detector & Smoke Detector in Birmingham, AL
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  • People who are unconscious due to inebriation or sleep can die before they ever experience the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, depending upon the levels of carbon monoxide in the air you can die within minutes or hours. A carbon monoxide detector will alert you and your family when there is a risk of being poisoned.
  • Carbon monoxide is found in many household appliances like gas ranges or stoves, gas clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and gas or wood fireplaces. Carbon monoxide can also be produced by fuel burning space heaters, exhaust from cars, gas or charcoal grills, and clogged chimneys or flues. If items like these are in poorly ventilated areas, carbon monoxide can build up. Before you know it, you’re surrounded by toxic air that will poison you if you inhale.
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What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

The initial symptoms can feel like the flu without the fever.

Look for warning signs like:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea>
  • Light Headedness
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue or Weakness
  • Irregular Breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Confusion
  • Chest Pain
  • Food Poisoning

Monitor dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home with a carbon monoxide detector.

How can I prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?
  • Have CO detectors installed in your home. At a minimum, have one installed on every level of your home and outside each bedroom.
  • Change the batteries in your CO detector every six to twelve months.
  • Look for Underwriters’ Laboratories or the American Gas Association seal of approval when purchasing gas equipment.
  • Have your gas appliances checked annually.
  • Do not use flameless chemical heaters indoors or in enclosed spaces. They burn gas and will allow CO to build up to toxic levels.
  • Have a service expert repair any gas appliance that is not functioning properly.
  • Be sure to open the flue when enjoying a fire in the fireplace or furnace.
  • Do not use a gas oven to heat your home.
  • Do not run a generator, vehicle, or other fueled motors inside. Even if the garage door is open to the exterior CO can still build up to toxic levels.
  • Only use grills outside in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use battery-powered heaters when camping.
  • Keep all gas appliances properly adjusted and use an exhaust fan where appropriate.
  • Know the difference between the sound of your smoke alarm and your CO alarm.
  • If you cannot afford a CO detector contact your local fire department. There are programs to help the elderly and the poor.

Smoke Detectors

The U.S. Fire Association (USFA) reported 397,650 fires between 1998 and 2007. Annually these fires caused 3,040 civilian deaths and 14,960 civilian injuries.

In the United States, most state and local laws require that smoke detectors be present in any place there is human habitation. These laws require that smoke detectors be near every bedroom in the house and in some cases they must be present in stairways, halls, and garages. In addition, new construction laws require that smoke detectors be hooked up to the electrical wiring, be interconnected, and have a battery backup system in place.

The National Fire Protection Agency highly recommends replacing your smoke detectors every ten years because as the system ages the electrical components become less reliable.

Don’t put yourself at an increased risk; call Mr. Electric to update your smoke detectors today!

  • There are two main kinds of smoke detectors – ionization and photoelectric. Both types of smoke detectors effectively sense smoke and both are required to pass the UL certification. However, there are key differences in the way they operate and in how they respond to smoke.


    This type of detector has a continuous current running between two electrodes and when smoke goes into the unit, the current is interrupted and the alarm sounds. The drawback to this type of smoke detector is that it cannot tell the difference between steam and smoke. This makes ionization smoke detectors subject to false alarms when placed near kitchens and bathrooms. They have a tendency to respond to things like burnt toast and hot showers. The advantage of ionization detectors over photoelectric detectors is that they are less expensive and respond more quickly to flaming fires. In addition, when the battery starts to fail, these detectors will alert you to change the battery because the alarm will sound.


    This type of detector responds to a reduction in light reaching an internal photocell. When smoke goes into the unit, the light is scattered and the alarm sounds. These detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires than ionization smoke detectors. In addition, because these detectors are less likely to send out a false alarm, they are less likely to be a nuisance. However, this type of smoke detector will not alert you when the batteries are dead.

    Whichever smoke detector you decide to use, both should have their batteries changed annually. Mr. Electric recommends picking a day every year that you will remember, like New Year’s Day or your birthday, and go around the house to test your detectors and change the batteries.

  • Dedicated Kitchen Circuit Installation and Service

    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.

  • Exterior Building Circuit Installation and Service

    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.

  • Hot Tub Circuit Installation and Service

    A safe and effective hot tub installation requires a dedicated circuit. That circuit supplies power exclusively to the hot tub, and it should be installed by a licensed electrician.

  • Outdoor Kitchen Circuit Installation and Service

    Few home upgrades are as functional and appealing as an outdoor kitchen. If you enjoy cooking and want to spend more time outdoors, this renovation will be worth it. Allow your local Mr. Electric® advise about your outdoor kitchen electrical requirements and perform expert electrical services.

  • Pool Circuit Installation and Service

    Keeping your pool healthy and clear requires a pool pump, which in turn requires its own dedicated circuit. Your local Mr. Electric® offers full-service pool circuit installation, from obtaining the appropriate permits to connecting the pump to your home’s electrical panel.

  • Subpanel Installation and Service

    The main electrical panel in your home is the conduit through which all of your home’s electricity is distributed throughout the house. Every home has one. Some homes also have a subpanel (or multiple subpanels) installed to distribute electricity to a specific, often distant, area of the property.

  • Tankless Water Heater Electrical Circuit Service

    Make sure your household has a steady, reliable supply of hot water by having a tankless water heater installed. Your local Mr. Electric can upgrade your existing wiring for your new tankless water heater. For electric tankless water heaters, we also offer full installation service!

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