Learn Where To Position Your Alarm
The majority of accidental deaths from poisoning are caused by deadly carbon monoxide. This odourless, colourless gas will also causes long-term damage to health when somone is exposed to high levels for short periods of time, or equally, lower concentrations over a longer period. Obviously higher concentrations can cause even worse symptoms, as already mentioned on this site, and very high concentrations can be fatal to us.
Given the deadly nature of the gas, particularly in enclosed spaces, it is important that the best CO Alarm is installed in home and all other inhabited areas.
The atomic structure of CO molecules is one atom of carbon bonded with one atom of oxygen. The way this molecule causes damage to human health is by replacing oxygen during breathing. The haemoglobin in red blood cells and myoglobin in muscle tissue more readily accept co molecules than oxygen, which inturn will cause oxygen starvation to the body, including the brain and heart.
The primary source of poisoning is the partial or inefficient combustion of fuel. This not only includes normal fires but also other fuel burning appliance, such as gas appliances. Even when burning efficiently, gas appliances emit a small amount of co, which can build up over time so it is important that everything is properly ventilated.
All detectors require careful placement, testing and replacement after their life. Where you place your monitor is dependent on how many you are going to install. If you are only installing one it is a good idea to place it near to the sleeping area where it will wake you when you sleep. Do not install your detector directly beside your appliance as it may give off harmless levels that could still trigger the alarm. For best results, check the alarm manufacturers instructions.