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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Possible with CO Detectors

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Possible with CO Detectors

  2018-10-05         sparksdirect         Product News » Ventilation News

Home is where we tend to feel safest, but becoming too comfortable and familiar with our environment can unfortunately be fatal.

In the UK, carbon monoxide poisoning (CO poisoning) in the home accounts for roughly 50 deaths per year, as well as 4,000 medical visits.

An independent study by Electrical Safety First found that the most dangerous time to be at home is on a Saturday at 6:30 pm: just when you feel at your most relaxed.

Multiple reasons for CO poisoning are explained here.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning

So what are the causes of these fatalities in the place where we should feel safest?

The simple answer is that people underestimate the dangers of carbon monoxide and do not recognise the symptoms which include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness
Carbon monoxide is a very conspicuous enemy.

It has come to be nicknamed ‘the silent killer’ for a variety of reasons: colorless, odorless, and tasteless, there are few warning signs that your home and lives could be at risk.

CO silent killer graph

Even actions that can seem insignificant can lead to devastating results, so we at Sparks wish to advise on important precautions and recommend the best carbon monoxide detectors we have to offer.

Above all other products, these life-saving devices have to be a priority when thinking about setting up your home fixtures.

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide deaths with CO detectors

Take the story of Emma Jackson, whose father tragically died of CO poisoning on a business trip when she was a young girl.
It's extremely important that there is an awareness of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.... if my story encourages just one person to get a carbon monoxide alarm it will have been worthwhile.
That is why having a working carbon monoxide detector in your home is absolutely essential: it really is your first and last line of defence against carbon monoxide poisoning. Roughly 250,000 homes are likely to experience dangerous levels of carbon monoxide rates.

There is a highly helpful Twitter campaign called ‘Press to Test’, which encourages people to test their carbon monoxide alarms on a regular basis.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Possible with CO Detectors

Remember also that it is important to be able to instantly recognise the tone of your CO alarm, and taking part in the 'Press to Test' campaign ensures you will.

However, first things first: have you got a quality carbon monoxide detector with potential life-saving abilities?

Sparks sell a brilliant range of Aico monoxide detectors, which come with a variety of ranges and power sources, as well as battery back-ups.

Quality Aico CO Detectors at Sparks

Carbon Monoxide isn't the only killer: other dangers at home

It’s easy to get complacent at home. Haven't most of us been guilty of overloading sockets to appliances that are still plugged in?

When you take out your power tool for a bit of home DIY, is your first thought about ensuring you have proper Residual Current Device (RCD) protection? 

Electrical fires caused by these mistakes are a major killer and should also be considered as seriously as Carbon Monoxide death prevention.

We at Sparks sell a range of top-end RCD devices that can stop these easy-to-make mistakes disastrously fatal. 

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