Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Install in Lake County, FL

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Protect Your Family from Preventable Disasters 

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 2,100 people die annually in our country because of unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO poisoning has grown to be the United States’ number one poisoning deaths cause. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, odorless, making it an undetectable killer when you fail to place a carbon monoxide detector in your home. However, carbon monoxide poisoning is completely preventable by having a licensed electrician install a carbon monoxide detector in areas meeting state and local guidelines. Furthermore, the law mandates homeowners install smoke detectors in their households. You can safeguard your loved ones against domestic disasters like fires and CO poisoning by having Mr. Electric of Lake County perform a carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation in Lake County, the Villages, Clermont, Leesburg, Lady Lake, and Mount Dora, FL.

Prevent Poisoning with Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Have you taken action to safeguard your home against carbon monoxide poisoning? If a CO leak occurs due to an appliance malfunctioning and emitting CO while your family is sleeping, nobody will be awake to notice this deadly gas if your home is missing a carbon monoxide detector. Furthermore, CO can be fatal to your family in minutes. The time it takes to kill you depends on how much carbon monoxide is in your air. Carbon monoxide detectors pick up elevated carbon monoxide levels and sound an alarm to alert you when the CO level is high enough to poison you and your loved ones. You might not be aware of what symptoms may indicate CO poisoning, so we’ve outlined them for your benefit. Symptoms can mirror dealing with a flu bug without a fever. Seek help if you experience the following warning signs: 

  • Headache 
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Sleepiness 
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Vomiting 
  • Fatigue or weakness 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Irregular breathing 
  • Chest pain 
  • Confusion 

What Are the Sources of Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide buildup can happen because of issues with household appliances, such as furnaces, water heaters, gas clothes dryers, gas ranges or stoves, and gas or wood fireplaces. Other sources around your home that produce CO include exhaust from cars, gas or charcoal grills, and fuel-burning space heaters. Operating these appliances and features in areas with poor ventilation or when they have venting malfunctions can lead to rapid carbon monoxide buildup. If you have a clogged chimney or your woodstove has a closed flue, CO can back up and fill your home. Mr. Electric of Lake County makes safety our top concern and advises homeowners to follow the listed ways below to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Install at least one CO detector on each of your home’s levels and outside each bedroom.
  • Replace your CO detector’s batteries every six-12 months.
  • Never run a generator, vehicle, or device featuring a fuel-fed motor in your home or garage.
  • Always turn off your vehicle when it’s parked inside your garage.
  • If you purchase gas equipment or appliances, invest in those with a seal of approval from the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) or the American Gas Association.
  • Get your gas appliances inspected annually by a licensed appliance professional.
  • If you’re indoors or in an enclosed space, avoid using flameless chemical heaters.
  • Get repairs from a service expert if your gas appliance malfunctions.
  • When burning or lighting a fire in your fireplace or furnace, be sure to open the flue.
  • Never heat your home using a gas oven.
  • If you use a grill, always operate it in a well-ventilated outdoor area.
  • Use battery-operated heaters when you go camping.
  • Make proper adjustments to all gas appliances and use an exhaust fan when appropriate.
  • Understand the different sounds your smoke detector and CO detector make.
  • Contact your local fire department if a CO detector exceeds your price range. These professionals have programs in place to assist elderly and low-income households in acquiring these devices.

Best Places to Install Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Smoke may rise in the air from a fire, but carbon monoxide spreads evenly in your interior spaces. You should place standalone, knee- and chest-height carbon monoxide detectors whenever possible. Mr. Electric of Lake County strongly recommends placing knee-height CO detectors because your head rests at that height when you’re lying in bed. We advise customers to install chest-height CO detectors for children and pets that may mess with your CO detectors and affect their functionality. However, you should always place combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at ceiling height. These detectors can pick up early smoke signs from a fire when they’re on your ceiling. Putting CO and smoke detectors behind doors or curtains can impact their ability to function, so you must install them in open areas.

Smoke Detector Installation for a Safe Home 

Mr. Electric of Lake County installs smoke detectors around your home to ensure your household meets state and local laws. According to these laws, homeowners must place smoke detectors near each of their home’s bedrooms. Additionally, these detectors must also be in garages, stairways, and halls. According to new construction laws, smoke detectors must be connected to your home’s electrical wiring if it’s new. You also need to install detectors with a battery backup system, which must interconnect. According to the National Fire Protection Association, residents must replace their existing smoke detectors every 10 years. These devices have a limited 10-year lifespan and are only good for that time. Over time, a smoke detector’s electrical components degrade and lose their reliability with age. Our licensed and experienced electricians can help you choose smoke detectors fitting your household needs, such as the following: 

  • Ionization – This detector type functions by running a continuous current between electrodes. Smoke interrupts your detector’s current and triggers an alarm as it travels into it.
  • Photoelectric – Your unit reacts to light reduction as it reaches an internal photocell in this detector type. An alarm sounds when smoke scatters lights as it goes into your unit.

Mr. Electric of Lake County Covers Home Safety

Mr. Electric of Lake County covers a wide array of residential electrical needs, from EV chargers and whole house surge protectors to smoke detectors and landscape lighting. Our electricians have versatile training and experience, ensuring they can offer a diverse skill set to improve your comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Contact us whenever you need to schedule a CO or smoke detector installation to protect your home, or you can request a quote.