What is Carbon Monoxide poisoning?

Every year, more than 2,000 Americans die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which occurs when a person is overcome by CO emissions. Some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath and are often confused for other ailments such as the flu.

Homeowners can help protect themselves by installing a carbon monoxide detector, or CO detector. This is a device that is supposed to detect the presence of carbon monoxide gas and sound an alarm if elevated levels of the gas are detected. This should give people adequate time to evacuate the area and properly ventilate it.

What is the danger with carbon monoxide detectors?

The most common problems associated with a defective carbon monoxide detector are as follows:

• Battery failure
• Improper placement within the household
• Loose connectivity of the wires

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