The National Safety Council reports that 300 people die every year and thousands are hospitalized as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide in the home is a concern if you have natural gas sources or an attached garage. Protecting your family from this odorless, colorless gas is a very simple task when you add a Carbon Monoxide Monitor to your home security system such as the monitor available as an add-on to ADT home security systems.
The symptoms of Carbon monoxide poisoning are often confused with the flu or food poisoning. Victims will show signs of fatigue, nausea, dizziness, disorientation, headaches, or even weakness. Adding a monitor to your home security system can alert you to carbon monoxide in the home before you realize there is a leak.
If you suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning in your home get any family members experiencing symptoms out of the home immediately. If you are unable to get them out use your security system's one-touch Medical button to call for emergency assistance. Open all windows and doors to let fresh air in your home and turn off all possible sources of carbon monoxide such as appliances or vehicles.
There are some things that you can do to prevent CO poisoning in your home. Make sure that appliances are working according to their manufacturers’ instructions and building codes. Getting an annual inspection of your chimney, flues, and heating system can be a preventive measure. Do not allow a vehicle in your garage to run for more than a few minutes to prevent carbon monoxide from leaking into your home.
If you do not have a home security system with carbon monoxide monitoring consider purchasing one. This is the best defense against this invisible intruder. You may want to consider looking for additional monitoring services to protect your family such as fire monitoring that can notify the home security monitoring center to call the fire department. ADT Monitored Home Security can be upgraded to include critical monitoring of carbon monoxide, fire, low-temperature monitoring and flood detection.
When selecting a home security system with critical monitoring services here are a few important things to look for:
Our families are precious as are our homes. It only takes a few minutes to lose a loved one to carbon monoxide poisoning and to contact a home security consultant to learn about how to monitor carbon monoxide in your home.
Bruce Kelly is an ADT Home Security Specialist with 10 years of experience configuring and installing ADT products.