brk-acdc-smoke-detectorIf you do not have smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home or workplace, you are really putting yourself and others at risk. These two pieces of equipment, among others, are in place to save lives and that is just what they do.

Placing Smoke Detectors in your Home or Workplace

In the presence of a fire, many people die from inhaling smoke rather than from the fire itself. In fact, smoke inhalation deaths outnumber burning deaths by two to one in some cases. People who are sleeping or unaware that there is a fire can be overcome by the smoke long before the heat or the flames reach them.

Ionization smoke detectors can measure the electronically charged ion particles in the air. When smoke starts to fill a room it can cause an electrical imbalance in the air of the home or workplace. The more smoke, the higher the imbalance which will cause the smoke detector to alert individuals with a high pitched squeal. These kinds of smoke detectors are suited for areas where highly combustible materials are stored such as paint, newspaper, cooking fat or solutions that are used for cleaning.

Many people think that simply installing a smoke detector is enough. However, it should be tested at least twice annually and replaced after ten years of use. At least one smoke detector should be installed on the ceiling of each floor in your home or the workplace.

Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors

For safety, all homes and workplaces should have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with the flu, and the amount of carbon monoxide and exposure time can cause different symptoms. Extreme exposure to carbon monoxide can cause a person to lose consciousness, have heart failure or even die.

A carbon monoxide detector can save yourself as well as others from many of these symptoms. A child can suffer from neurological disorders, loss of memory and personality changes as well as brain damage when they suffer from prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide.

Death and serious health risks can be prevented by ensuring that you have the proper detection equipment installed in order to alert you and others to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide. Don’t put yourself, your family, or your employees at risk, when simple and inexpensive devices are available that can be used to warn you in these cases. Check out Clarey’s Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors today!