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Inspecting Your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors

Did you think we meant carbon monoxide – the high profile “invisible killer” that also needs early detection? We did not! Although we breathe carbon dioxide in and out every day, there are good reasons to monitor it. It can actually lead to death by asphyxiation, although this is thankfully very rare, in part due to detectors and their regular inspection.

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The CO2 Canary

Sometimes it seems that there is really nothing safe about the air we breathe, with warnings about yet another toxic gas to guard against. Carbon dioxide detectors are not quite the same thing, although they function to prevent the same kind of “intoxication” and poisoning caused by toxic gases. CO2 has to build up to extremely high levels to present a danger, but that makes it a good canary.

Because CO2 concentration can rise a great deal without posing risks, monitoring its presence can safely tell homeowners a lot about their chimneys and vents. Insufficient draft can be caught long before smoke and more toxic gases trigger other detectors and possibly fire suppression systems. If they function properly, with periodic inspection by certified professionals, carbon dioxide and smoke detectors ensure good ventilation and safer air.

Detectors for Workplace and Home

Primarily used in workplace settings because more people are exhaling carbon dioxide in enclosed spaces, CO2 detectors have a place in homes as well. Like the more known carbon monoxide gas, carbon dioxide is also a by-product of combustion and is generated by furnaces and fireplaces. In today’s air-tight homes, if vents and chimneys do not draft properly, toxic gases can build up to dangerous levels when unseen and unchecked.

That is where all detectors come in, whether designed to react to smoke, carbon monoxide, or CO2. They are an early warning system that gets people out of the house or building until the air quality improves. Carbon dioxide detectors, in particular, are also a good way to safely expose and correct inadequate ventilation for the home or office.