Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a serious health risk in homes across America. CO is called the "silent killer;" a toxic, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that's hard to detect and can poison and potentially kill those who are exposed. This harmful gas kills more than 500 people in the United States annually and leaves over 10,000 people poisoned each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. For this reason, many states require CO detectors in residential homes.
Everyone is susceptible to CO poisoning and those with weakened immune systems are placed at greater risk. This includes small children, those with chronic diseases, asthma and the elderly.
The garage is one of the main places where CO accumulates, and preventing a buildup is critical. Here's the why and how regarding CO in your garage and what you can do to tell it's there.
Why does CO accumulate in the garage?
Although requirements surrounding placement of carbon monoxide alarms in the home have increased, many people overlook the need to install a CO detector in the garage. Most garages house anywhere from one to three cars per family and an assortment of other belongings. A garage can be attached or detached and is often treated as an actual extension of your home with a workspace, areas for children to store toys and places for pets to play.
Since CO is found in the fumes from your vehicles, as well as anything with a small engine, these toxins can accumulate in your garage. If this area is attached to your home, the poisonous fumes spread and leech into your property. Placement of a CO detector in the garage will notify you and your family of any carbon monoxide issues before they enter your living space.
Why is having carbon monoxide detectors in your garage beneficial?
It's simple to install a CO detector in your garage and have it connected to your home alarm system. If CO reaches a high enough concentration, it triggers the alarm, warning the family to leave the garage. The CO signal will sound until the garage is cleared of gas. Maintain any machinery with small engines housed in the garage. Don't run your car, any generators or other equipment inside your garage with the doors closed.
If your garage is enclosed and attached to your home, place a CO detector within 10 feet of the door to the garage. It's also important to place a CO detector in any rooms above the garage.
Installation of a CO detector in your garage is a necessary component of complete home safety. Since CO is difficult to detect, placement of a detector in your garage is the only way to stop a potentially tragic situation from occurring.
Learn more ways to protect your family by speaking with a Vivint representative today.