Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Basics

Jul 16, 10 Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Basics

smoke detector guide Growing up in my neighborhood, you always knew dinner time was around the corner because there were smoke detectors going off up and down the street thanks to the cooking smoke emanating from kitchens.  It was annoying yet familiar. Of course, to many people it was more annoying than anything else and they just took the batteries out. HUGE MISTAKE!

Never, ever do this. It is extremely dangerous. It is important to have at least one smoke detector on every level of your home and to test them on a regular basis (most come with a button marked TEST). Also change the batteries a couple of times a year and vacuum them to ensure that they don’t mistake trapped dust for smoke (which may cause them to go off for seemingly no reason). Also place them far from ovens, showers and air conditioning or heating vents. Ideally, you should have a combination of photoelectric and ionization detectors as well as a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that accumulates from the improper burning of fuel from appliances like boilers, water heaters and furnaces. Because it’s odorless and colorless it is vital to have a reliable detector installed in your home. Stay safe, Cosmopolatinas! Learn more about smoke detectors here, so that the only heat overtaking your home is your natural calor Latino.”

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