Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Installation in Riverside, CA

Protect Your Family Against Disasters You Can Avoid

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 2,100 Americans die in this country from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year. Carbon monoxide poisoning has grown to be the number one poisoning death cause in the United States. This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is an undetectable killer if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. However, you can easily prevent carbon monoxide poisoning if you install a carbon monoxide detector to protect your family and guests. Furthermore, the law stipulates homeowners must install smoke detectors inside their homes. You can safeguard everyone in your home against this type of domestic disaster by reaching out to Mr. Electric of Riverside to complete a carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation in Riverside, CA and surrounding communities.

Mr. Electric electrician reviewing carbon monoxide & smoke detector installation details with customer

Carbon Monoxide Detectors to Prevent Poisoning

Do you have adequate protection against carbon monoxide poisoning in your home? If a CO leak occurs while you’re asleep due to a malfunctioning appliance, you won’t wake up to detect this poisonous gas yourself without installing a carbon monoxide detector. Additionally, carbon monoxide is lethal to families in a matter of minutes in many cases, depending on how much carbon monoxide is in the air inside your residence. Carbon monoxide detectors notice when carbon monoxide levels are elevated and will alert you when CO poisoning is a risk. You might not know what CO-poisoning symptoms to watch for, so we’ve outlined them to help you stay safe. Sometimes, the symptoms are like having the flu but not having a fever. We urge you to review the following warning signs and seek help if you experience any of them:

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

What Are Household Sources of Carbon Monoxide?

Various appliances can be sources of carbon monoxide in a home, such as furnaces, water heaters, wood or gas fireplaces, gas ranges or stoves, and gas clothes dryers. Other CO gas-producing appliances and household staples include exhaust from cars, fuel-burning space heaters, and gas or charcoal grills. Operating any of the mentioned appliances and features in areas with poor ventilation or when their venting malfunctions can lead to a rapid carbon monoxide buildup. A closed woodstove flue or clogged chimney can also cause CO to back up inside your home. Mr. Electric of Riverside always puts safety first and has listed the following carbon monoxide poisoning prevention actions to use at home:

  • Install CO detectors to protect your home (At least one detector on each level and outside each bedroom).
  • Change the batteries in your CO detectors every six to 12 months.
  • Never run a device, generator, or vehicle’s fuel-fed motor inside your garage or home.
  • Always turn off your vehicle when you park it in your garage.
  • Look for the seal of approval from the American Gas Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) whenever you purchase a gas appliance or piece of equipment.
  • Always bring in a licensed appliance professional to perform an annual gas appliance inspection.
  • Never use a flameless chemical heater in an enclosed or indoor space.
  • If one of your gas appliances malfunctions, always let a service expert repair it.
  • Always open the flue to your furnace or fireplace when burning a fire.
  • Never use a gas oven to heat your home.
  • Always operate a grill in an outdoor area with sufficient ventilation.
  • Use battery-operated heaters when you go camping.
  • Adjust all gas appliances properly and use an exhaust fan when appropriate.
  • Learn which sound your smoke detector makes and which your CO detector will emit.
  • If you cannot afford a CO detector, be sure to contact your local fire department. This organization has programs to help low-income households and the elderly purchase or acquire these devices and install them.

Where Do I Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

While smoke will rise in the air inside your home, carbon monoxide diffuses throughout your home evenly. We strongly urge you to install standalone carbon monoxide detectors whenever you can at knee and chest height. Mr. Electric of Riverside recommends knee-height placement of CO detectors since your head is at about that level when you lie on your bed to sleep. Chest-height CO detector placement is an excellent idea if your home’s occupants include children or pets, making tampering with your detectors more of a risk. However, we insist on always installing combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on your ceilings to pick up a fire’s earliest smoke signs. CO and smoke detectors have reduced functionality if you hide them behind doors or curtains, so be sure to place them in open areas.

Keep Your Home Safe With Smoke Detector Installation

Mr. Electric of Riverside can ensure your home adheres to state and local laws with a quick and careful smoke detector installation. These essential laws require residents of all home types to place smoke detectors near each of their house’s bedrooms. Furthermore, these detectors may also need to be in stairways, hallways, and garages. According to the latest construction laws, you must hook up smoke detectors in a new home to its electrical wiring, and they must interconnect with each other and have a battery backup system. The National Fire Protection Association advises all homeowners to replace their old smoke detectors every 10 years. As detectors get older, the electrical components inside them become unreliable. Our team can help you select smoke detectors that fit your household needs, including the following:

  • Ionization – This detector type features a continuous current that runs between electrodes. Smoke interrupts the current when it travels into a unit and sounds an alarm.
  • Photoelectric – With this detector type, light reduction reaching its internal photocell triggers a reaction. Smoke causes the alarm to sound when it goes into the unit and scatters light.

Mr. Electric of Riverside Covers Household Safety

Mr. Electric of Riverside will gladly assist you with a wide selection of residential electrical services, including EV chargers, whole house surge protectors, landscape lighting, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Our expert electricians have years of training and hands-on experience, letting them use their versatile skill set to keep you safe, comfortable, and satisfied with your customer experience. Contact us today to request an accurate estimate and schedule an appointment for us to install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors at your home.