What a prepper needs to know about Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Alarms

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Kidde Carbon Monoxide alarm
Why every prepper should have a carbon monoxide detector
Above, Kidde explains how the Kidde Remote link works.

Kidde RemoteLync Smart Home Smoke/CO Alarm Monitor helps
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your existing smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. It uses patented
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Once an alarm goes off, it uses your home’s WiFi to send an alert
to your smartphone, which you can then decide to call a
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be customized to notify an entire network, including neighbors
and family, or even call 911.

Now you know the dangers of wood, natural gas, gasoline, diesel,
kerosene, coal and charcoal. Ensure you have working smoke
detectors in addition to the carbon monoxide detectors. The can
work in tandem to help keep your family safe.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Why every prepper should get some

Carbon Monoxide Warning for preppers:
Carbon Monoxide is a deadly threat especially for preppers
because of the combustion of fuels we may use in an emergency,
such as wood, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, coal and
charcoal. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it's odorless,
colorless and tasteless ~ and if exposed it prevents your body
from transporting oxygen. In short order it could wipe out your
entire family!

It's so deadly that firefighters must wear protective suits when
entering a building suspected to have carbon monoxide poisoning.
Preppers must not overlook the installation of a carbon monoxide
detector to save their life. Below is everything a preppers should
know about carbon monoxide poisoning....

Why You Need A Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas, but you can get a
CO detector to protect your family by alerting you that its there.
Carbon Monoxide the leading cause of accidental poisoning
deaths in America, because victims don't know they are suffering
from carbon monoxide poisoning until it's too late.

Because you can't see, taste, or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill
you before you even know it's there. Something even more
frightening is that exposure to low levels over time can make you
extremely sick. The
Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a plug-in
carbon monoxide alarm that uses sophisticated electronic
components and sensor technology to protect your family from
the silent killer. This discreet alarm fits into any standard outlet
so that it can go anywhere in your home. Kidde is the leading
manufacturer of carbon monoxide detectors.

Where does Carbon monoxide come from?
Household appliances are one of the major culprits of carbon
monoxide poisoning, including the furnace, water heater, stove,
space heater, charcoal grill or gas dryer. Carbon monoxide kills.
This year, get serious about the threat.

Get and use a carbon monoxide alarm.

Any fossil fuel burning appliance may cause carbon monoxide
poisoning, such as faulty or improperly installed appliances, like a
cookstove or a gas heater.

Carbon Monoxide may come from:
  • Appliances, such as a gas dryer or water heater
  • Cookstoves (gas and wood burnig)
  • Charcoal
  • Fireplaces (gas and wood burning)
  • Furnaces
  • Generators
  • Grills
  • Lawn equipment
  • Motor vehicles
  • Power tools
  • Space heaters (butane, kerosene and propane, etc)
  • Tobacco smoke

A word about generators:
Even if you think you're running your generator safely, carbon
monoxide poisoning can get you! Protect yourself and your family
from the potentially deadly effects of carbon monoxide. Replace
all smoke and CO detectors every ten years, no matter the type
or power source. Always put the generator outdoors.

This is especially important for preppers because we use
generators and may need to cook indoors in an emergency
without electricity. Potentially dangerous fumes. Wood, natural
gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, coal and charcoal ~ all can
produce carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Never run a generator in the garage! Even when you open
    a garage door, the carbon monoxide (CO) in your generator's
    exhaust could kill you and your family inside the house or at
    least make them sick.
  • Ensure generators are at least 10 fee from your home.
  • Make sure it's cool before you refuel. Don't refuel a
    generator when it's hot.
  • Plug your generator in a transfer switch.

Why is carbon monoxide unsafe?
Ever wonder about the science behind why carbon monoxide is so
deadly? Carbon monoxide is the silent killer. It’s colorless,
odorless and you may be asleep when the lethal effects overcome
your body ~ or the toxicity can also build up gradually over time.
Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous in the winter when
people will do just about anything to warm up.

Below is an informative  and easy-to-understand video that
explores the science behind carbon monoxide and why it's unsafe.
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Above, Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why carbon monoxide is so
dangerous, and how you can stay safe.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide
Acute carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to brain damage or
death. There may not be any telltale signs of carbon monoxide
poisoning, but may an individual's exposure my include symptoms
such as:
  • Burning eyes
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Convulsions and organ failure.
  • No symptoms at all!

Who is most at risk?
You may think that carbon monoxide effects people similarly, but
you'd be wrong. Some people are more sensitive than others ~
it's the seniors and children who are most at risk, as are those
who have respiratory conditions, such as asthma. Another group
of people more adversely affected are those who have heart

Where should you place Carbon monoxide detectors?
Because your life depends on it, have at least one carbon
monoxide detector on every level of your home from the garage or
basement to the upper levels. The most important area to place a
carbon monoxide detector is around the sleeping areas.

  • Bedrooms. Ideally keep detectors in your bedrooms because
    while you're sleeping is the time you're most at risk. It's
    particularly important to place your Carbon Monoxide
    detector in children's rooms and in rooms of the elderly as
    they are the most vulnerable. If you only have one alarm,
    then choose a location that's close to all the bedrooms.

  • Kitchen. The kitchen is a basic place to put a carbon
    monoxide detector, particularly if you have a wood burning or
    gas stove.

  • Living dining room. It's especially important to place
    detectors in the living room as this is where you may also be
    placing the space heaters or where the fireplace or wood
    burning stove.

  • Multilevel homes. If you have a multi-level home, invest in
    several carbon monoxide detectors so you can have them at
    every level, and that includes the basement!

  • Furnace. A basement furnace is an ideal location for a
    carbon monoxide detector.

  • Laundry room. Place a carbon monoxide detectpr mear tje
    gas clothes dryer.

How can you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?
Having several carbon monoxide detectors or alarms around your
house is a start. You must also check them to see that they're
running properly.

  • Batteries. Replace the batteries twice annually. Your carbon
    monoxide detector is of no use if the batteries aren't there
    to protect you. Be sure to replace the batteries of your
    Carbon Monoxide alarms biannually. Two great times of year
    to do this are at Daylight Savings Time. When you set back
    the clocks, or set them forward, have a look at your smoke
    detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors to help keep your
    family safe.

  • Have pets and kids? Unfortunately pets or small children
    may cause

  • Get new Detectors every 7-10 years. Replace all smoke
    and Carbon Monoxide detectors every seven to ten years, no
    matter the type or power source. Your life depends on this!
    The Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm, pictured right,
    continuously displays carbon monoxide levels from 30 to 999
    parts per million (PPM)and will sound an 85 dB alarm when
    dangerous levels are reached. Ten years after the initial
    power up, this alarm will “beep” two times every 30 seconds
    to indicate that it is time to replace the alarm!

What if the carbon monoxide alarm goes off?
Do you know what to do when the Carbon Monoxide alarm goes
off?  It's important to know what to do if your carbon monoxide
alarm detects the deadly vapors. A carbon monoxide detector runs
pretty much like your smoke detector

Here's what to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off:

  • Immediately vacate the property~ go outside to get fresh air.
  • If that's not possible, open all the windows and doors to let
    fresh air in
  • Also turn off any potential source of the carbon monoxide
    poisoning, such as space heaters, boilers, gas stoves and
  • When it's safe, call 911

How to install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
A single-function or dual carbon monoxide and smoke alarm is
best for those who just want to install and be done with it. Other
than routine battery replacement and testing, these are very easy
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