Do you have natural gas or propane in your home?
Homes and businesses that have appliances or heating units that are fueled by natural gas or propane need to have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector on each floor. CO is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that is very danagerous to your health, so having detectors installed that can detect it is very important.
What types of appliances use natural gas or propane?
The most common items that exist within the home are furnaces, stoves/ovens, clothing dryer, and hot water heaters.
Should I call 911 if my CO detector makes a noise?
That depends on the noise. If you hear a short chirpping sound every minute or so, this indicates that the battery is going dead and needs replaced. If, after replacing the battery, the detector continues to chirp, it may be defecting and need replaced. A detector that senses actual CO in the home will emit an audible alarm that will not stop until it no longer senses the CO.
Do CO detectors ever go bad?
Yes. Like smoke detectors, it is recommended that you replace it after 10 years. This is because the sensor inside the unit begins to deteriorate. Although the unit may test fine, it may actually require a higher level of CO before it alarms. Replacing the unit every 10 years will ensure that it is operating properly.
Where can I buy a CO detector?
You may purchase a CO detector at any department or hardware store. If they cell smoke detectors, they most likely sell CO detectors.
If my CO detector alarms, does this mean that I have a gas leak?
Not necessarily. Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct of natural gas and propane. A properly operating appliance is designed to burn off this CO while it is being used. At times, though, an appliance stops working properly and begins to emit the CO into the air.
What else can cause my CO detector to alarm besides my gas fueled appliances?
There are times when Carbon Monoxide enters the home and it is not from any type of appliance malfunction. It is important to remember that any motor that runs on gasoline puts off Carbon Monoxide. So, if you decide to run a portable generator in your basement, you most likely fill your home up with CO. If you have an attached garage and run your car with the garage door closed, you may emit CO into your home. There are many ways that this may occur, so it is important to cautious when using any form of gas fueled item.
Need a smoke detector, but cannot afford one?
The Hebron Fire Department will provide and install free smoke detectors for those residents who cannot afford one. Stop into the firehouse to take advantage of this life saving opportunity.