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Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Having a professional install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home is extremely important. Both detectors serve an individual purpose and installing more than one is essential.

The Importance of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every year, 2,000 people lose their lives due to residential fires. Gases and smoke tend to spread faster than heat, which means that inhaling fumes can harm you more than the fire itself. Many residential fires occur when homeowners are asleep. If there is no smoke alarm, it is difficult to get out of the home in enough time. The risk of losing your life in a home fire is cut in half if there is a smoke detector in your home.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that combines with hemoglobin and robs oxygen from the brain and other organs which can result in death. It is colorless and odorless which makes it impossible to detect without a CO detector. Having carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the house will prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and ensure safety.

By installing both a CO detector and a smoke detector, those who are in the house can be warned of a hazardous situation. There are important rules to follow when installing either of these detectors. Hiring an expert to install detectors is your best option. A carbon monoxide detector should never be placed above or near fuel-burning appliances, as they release a small amount of carbon monoxide. Additionally, avoid placing it within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in humid places. Along with installing a CO detector, it’s important to have the heating system and chimney checked annually.

Tim Kyle Electric: Owings Mills Electrician

There is no debate about it: smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are a necessity for every home. To ensure that they’ve been properly installed, you should have a professional take care of the initial job and ask their advice when it comes to any maintenance. If you need to put in new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and are looking for an Owings Mills electrician, contact Tim Kyle today.

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