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How Carbon Monoxide and Fire Detectors Prevent Danger at Home

Dangers like fires and carbon monoxide exposure can strike unexpectedly, posing significant threats to your loved ones and belongings. At Custom Security Systems, we understand the importance of proactive measures, and that’s where carbon monoxide and fire detectors play a crucial role. Let’s explore different instances where these alarms have proven their effectiveness in preventing harm. Learn why these life safety devices are essential components of your security system and the importance of regular maintenance and proper usage.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Carbon monoxide detectors are devices used to detect the presence of CO gas in the air. This gas is colorless, odorless gas, and produced by incomplete combustion of fuels such as gasoline, natural gas, and wood. It is highly dangerous because when inhaled, it displaces oxygen in the bloodstream and can lead to serious health complications—or even death. This is why carbon monoxide is often called “the silent killer.”

At least 420 U.S. residents die each year due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. CO detectors are essential for every home to provide early warning signs of danger. A sensor within the carbon monoxide detector continuously measures the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. If this reaches dangerous levels, the detector sounds an alarm. Without a detector, these dangers could go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Let’s look in depth at four actual accounts of dangerous carbon monoxide levels and how carbon monoxide detectors saved the day.

1. Carbon Monoxide Buildup

One of our client’s CO detectors in the garage was triggering unexpectedly. The cause? A golf cart in the garage produced a significant buildup of gasoline, emitting carbon monoxide. Despite not running the cart in the enclosed space, the dangers were averted thanks to their detector.

2. Attic Gas Leaks

In another instance, a confused customer discovered a gas leak in their attic thanks to their CO alarm. Swift evacuation by the family and timely intervention by the fire department prevented a potential disaster.

3. Fireplace Usage

Frequent use of a fireplace can lead to CO buildup, as experienced by a client who faced alarms coinciding with fireplace usage. To prevent this, make sure to clean your fireplace and flue regularly.

4. Storm-Season Danger

CO alarms aren’t exclusive to cold weather. When our clients’ system detected fire, not only did the alarm sound, but it also triggered eight of our clients’ CO detector alarms during Hurricane Ida in 2021 due to improper generator usage. Proper generator safety is crucial to help prevent dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Fire (Smoke & Heat) Detectors

Carbon monoxide and fire detectors are a dynamic duo for home safety. Fire detectors utilize sensors to detect the presence of smoke or fire in a home. When triggered, the fire detector emits a loud alarm to alert occupants of the potential danger. This prompt warning allows individuals to evacuate the premises quickly and call for emergency assistance, potentially saving lives and preventing extensive property damage. 

In 2022 alone, local U.S. fire departments responded to 1.5 million fires. By having a reliable smoke and heat detection system in place, homeowners can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones and belongings are protected from the devastating effects of a fire. These are just a few examples our clients have experienced that illustrate the importance of having a fire detector at home.

1. Unattended Cooking

An unintentional oversight during last-minute preparations for a family reunion led to a pot catching fire on the stove. The fire alarm woke our client and their family and prompted a call from our 24/7 monitoring station to ensure their safety.

2. A Bathroom Fire

Another client left a space heater unattended in the bathroom, resulting in a towel catching fire. The detector not only alerted our client and our monitoring station to the fire but also assured the safety of her dog.

3. A Holiday Fire

Having carbon monoxide and fire detectors is only the first step. Monitoring them is essential. The operators at Custom Security Systems play a crucial role in connecting homeowners to help, especially when they might be in a deep sleep.

For example, our team responded to an early morning alarm during the Christmas season while our client was sleeping. After insisting that they check for danger, they found a fire in the attic above their son’s bedroom. Our team is here to provide you with an added layer of security at all times.

4. Smart Integration for Whole-Home Protection

Carbon monoxide and fire detectors don’t have to stand alone. With a personalized system from Custom Security Systems, you can seamlessly integrate the detectors into your home security system. One of our employees experienced the importance of having an integrated system firsthand. When their system detected fire, it triggered an automatic shut-off of the A/C unit. This prevented the fire from spreading to other areas of their home.

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Safety Tips to Protect Your Home

Preventing danger begins with taking the necessary measures to protect your home and loved ones. From carbon monoxide awareness to generator and heating safety, Custom Security Systems has you covered. Keep your home safe with these essential safety tips.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

  • Do not use CO-producing appliances inside, like gas or charcoal grills
  • Do not leave a car running in your garage, even with the doors open
  • Install CO alarms in key locations around your home, specifically near bedrooms
  • Test your CO alarms at least once a month
  • Take immediate action if an alarm sounds

Generator Safety

  • Use in well-ventilated locations away from openings to your home
  • Never use in attached garages or anywhere fumes can enter your home
  • Install CO alarms in your home to monitor for exhaust fumes
  • Never refuel a generator while it’s running. Turn off and cool down the unit first.

Heating Safety

  • Keep flammable items a safe distance away from heaters and stoves
  • Turn heating equipment off when unattended
  • Keep children away from fireplaces and space heaters
  • Test carbon monoxide and fire detectors regularly—at least once a month

Add Carbon Monoxide and Fire Detectors to Your Home Security System

Protecting your home and loved ones is of the utmost importance. By integrating carbon monoxide and smoke and heat detectors into your home security system, you can ensure a comprehensive level of safety. Remember to follow essential safety tips, such as testing alarms regularly and taking immediate action when necessary.

Custom Security Systems offers personalized solutions to keep you and your family secure. With our team by your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that an added layer of security is always there for you. Build your perfect security system, complete with video surveillance, carbon monoxide and fire detectors, smart door locks, and more. Schedule an appointment online or reach out to us at 225-927-5535 for more information. Your safety is our priority!