Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Alarms

blog 5-23-2014Home Inspectors always remind me of the importance of having working smoke alarms as well as carbon monoxide detectors in your home. It’s stated that around 2,500 people are killed in their home each year from fire and another 500 die from the silent killer – carbon monoxide.

Any home with gas appliances such as a stove, furnace, water heater or fireplace can trigger carbon monoxide. It’s an odorless and colorless gas that will kill you without notice.

I always ask the home inspectors about the best ones on the market – what would they recommend?  No matter what you decide, here are some tips:

  • Have at least one CO detector on each floor of your home
  • Have a smoke detector in each bedroom and on each floor of your home – either high on the wall or on the ceiling
  • Don’t mount them in or around the kitchen or bathrooms where burnt food or steam from the shower could set them off
  • Keep CO detectors away from direct sunlight and avoid breezy areas like fans or air conditioning vents
  • Test them weekly
  • Vacuum them monthly
  • Replace smoke detectors every 10 years and CO detectors every 5 years
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it regularly as well as a place to meet once outside the house so everyone is accounted for

Most of all follow the instructions from your owner’s manuals. There are plenty of options out there – do a little research and find the detectors that best suit your needs. Having the detectors is the first key in case of emergency.

Need help purchasing or installing your smoke detectors or CO detectors? Give me a call at (913) 515-3250 and I will put you in touch with some of my guys that could help you out.

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