Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Detectors

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

picture of Kidde Plug-In Carbon Monoxide DetectorAs I keep pointing out winter is quickly approaching and that means heating systems are being turned on and used. Heating systems create carbon monoxide (CO) whenever they burn gas, oil, kerosene and even wood. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 400 people annually so it’s certainly a hazard worth talking about.

Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless which means you can see it or smell it. They call carbon monoxide the silent killer for a very good reason. High levels of carbon monoxide can kill a person in just a few minutes.

Knowing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning is crucial to getting proper medical help. High levels of carbon monoxide can have the following symptoms: severe headaches, become dizzy, mentally confused, nauseated, or faint. If you feel any of these symptoms you should get outside in fresh air and call for help.

Unfortunately most people who die from carbon monoxide poisoning don’t even know what has happened to them. Typically victims are asleep and unaware of the symptoms and die before they can seek fresh air and medical help.

That’s why installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home is so important. Today’s new homes are typically pre-wired for carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to meet state and local fire codes. However, millions of older homes around the Country have no such luxury. That’s why I think it’s so important to tell you about plug-in carbon monoxide detectors.

We used plug-in carbon monoxide detectors in our first home and several apartments we rented. You can buy the Kidde KN-COPP-3 Nighthawk Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup and Digital Display from Amazon for just over $40. This particular CO monitor comes with a battery back-up for added protection during power outages. If you don’t have a CO detector in your home please go out and buy one before the heating season is on full swing.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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