Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Installations in Tulsa, OK

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We Can Protect Your Family From Preventable Disasters

Everyone wants to protect their family, but there are some preventable disasters that you may not realize are so potentially dangerous. Mr. Electric of Tulsa offers professional carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation services for homeowners in Tulsa, OK. More than 2,000 Americans die every year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which could all be avoided with some preventative measures. Carbon monoxide poisoning is now the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, making it undetectable to humans without a carbon monoxide detector. Prevent these potential disasters with professional carbon monoxide installation services from our licensed and insured electricians. Learn more and get in touch with us today to request an estimate.

Prevent Poisoning by Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Do you know if your home has protection from carbon monoxide poisoning? Unfortunately, many homeowners have not woken up when a CO leak occurred from a malfunctioning appliance while they were asleep. Carbon monoxide can be lethal in just minutes, depending on the levels in your home’s air. A carbon monoxide detector will detect elevated levels of CO and alert you if you’re at risk of becoming poisoned. Many people are not aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning, so we have listed them below for your benefit. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to having the flu without having a fever. Be alert for the following symptoms of CO poisoning:

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

Where Does Carbon Monoxide Come From?

Carbon monoxide can originate from many common household appliances, including furnaces, water heaters, wood or gas fireplaces, gas ranges or stoves, and gas clothes dryers. Other sources that can produce CO include gas or charcoal grills, exhaust from vehicles, and fuel-burning space heaters. Using these appliances in a poorly ventilated area or when those appliances have venting malfunctions can cause a rapid buildup of carbon monoxide. CO can also back up into your home if you have a clogged chimney or a closed woodstove flue. The team at Mr. Electric of Tulsa recommends the following actions to best avoid carbon monoxide poisoning in your home:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home with a minimum of one sensor on each floor and outside each bedroom.
  • Change the batteries in your CO detector every six to 12 months.
  • Never run a generator, vehicle, or device containing a fuel-fed motor inside your home or garage.
  • Check for the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) or American Gas Association seal of approval when buying gas equipment or appliances.
  • Always turn off any vehicles parked in your garage.
  • Never use flameless chemical heaters indoors or in enclosed spaces.
  • Have a licensed appliance professional from Mr. Electric of Tulsa inspect your gas appliances annually.
  • Always have service experts repair your malfunctioning gas appliances.
  • Never heat your home with a  gas oven.
  • Always open your flue if burning a fire in your fireplace or furnace.
  • Use battery-operated heaters when camping.
  • Only operate grills in well-ventilated outdoor areas.
  • Understand which sound your CO detector makes compared to that of your smoke detector.
  • Adjust all your gas appliances properly and use an exhaust fan when appropriate.
  • Contact the fire department if you cannot afford a CO detector, as there are programs in place to help low-income families and the elderly.

Where Should Carbon Monoxide Detectors Be Placed?

Carbon monoxide diffuses evenly while smoke rises in the air inside your home. Standalone carbon monoxide detectors should be installed at knee and chest height whenever possible. Mr. Electric of Tulsa recommends having smoke detectors installed at knee level because that’s approximately where your head is while sleeping. However, we also recommend placing CO detectors at chest level if you have small children or pets who may tamper with them. Our team also installs combination smoke and carbon detectors at ceiling height so they will detect smoke from a fire at the early stages. Do not hide your CO or smoke detectors behind doors or curtains because they may not operate as well as they will in open areas.

Professional Smoke Detector Installation Services

You can count on the team at Mr. Electric of Tulsa for professional smoke detector installation services in Tulsa, Broken Bow, and Bixby, OK. We can get up to code on local and state laws that require smoke detectors near every bedroom, as well as in hallways, stairways, and garages. New construction laws dictate that you must have smoke detectors hooked up to your home’s electrical wiring. Homeowners should replace their smoke detectors every ten years because electrical components become unreliable as systems age. Installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should not be a DIY job because improper installation could result in detectors that do not alert you of life-threatening situations. Our experts can help you choose which type of smoke detectors fit your needs, including:

  • Ionization – This type of detector uses a continuous current that runs between electrodes. The current is interrupted by smoke and sounds an alarm.
  • Photoelectric – This detector type responds to light reduction in an internal photocell. Smoke that goes into the unit will scatter light which causes the alarm to sound.

Schedule a Safety inspection Today

Mr. Electric of Tulsa has a variety of services designed to protect your family and home. We stand behind our work and are happy to provide quotes for the cost to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Contact us today to schedule service or request an estimate.