Carbon monoxide detectors are a specialized type of gas detector and air quality improvement system that detects the CO presence in your room. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a threat that is often overlooked but has caused serious damages over the years. Importance of these detectors can be essential depending on where you live or work. With Williams Plumbing, Heating & Air, you can get the best CO detector for your setup, with installation and repair services.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a very hazardous gas that comes from burning fossil fuels. This gas is hard to detect with naked sense, as they're odorless and colorless. They get mixed with all other gases and gets into the lungs without giving any symptom. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when it is inhaled by humans. After inhalation and mixing with blood, CO displaces oxygen from it, decreasing the oxygen supply to all other organs and damaging them. This leads to various physical problems and often death.
Carbon monoxide poisoning may be more common in certain places and in people with certain professions. Firefighters are at the top of this risk, as burning something often produces carbon monoxide. Welding jobs are also at its risk. Heavy machinery operators, forklifts and diesel engine operators, taxi drivers, and even policemen are susceptible to this hazard. No matter who's at the risk, as CO poisoning doesn't spread to other people like a virus attack, we should get instant help for whoever is affected.
There are no direct symptoms when carbon monoxide is inhaled, but later on, it shows some physical issues. For example, due to the critically low level of oxygen supply, people often experience shortness of breath and tight chests. Other symptoms include nausea, headache, and physical fatigue due to decreased oxygen. The muscle starts to weaken and often people collapse or become senseless. If the poisoning is continued, people start vomiting and show mental disorders. Permanent damages can occur at places that require lots of oxygen like the brain.
CO detectors have one job, to raise an alarm when they detect carbon monoxide presence in the surrounding air, just like a smoke or fire alarm. Various types of sensors and chemicals are used to achieve this, some of which change color in presence of CO, some get electrically charged, and so on. These changes trigger the alarm, which is often very accurate at their detections. After the alarm is raised, it only stops when it's removed from the environment.
In presence of carbon monoxide, the alarm of the detector will automatically go off. The detector only detects the gas but doesn't remove it. So, you have to do the rest, first of which is to get out of your home or vehicle, along with everyone else present. Then, call emergency response for quick removal and medical help. If someone becomes sick, they might need an oxygen supply to go through the rest, so be sure to specifically mention carbon monoxide when calling the emergency, and then take the person to the hospital as soon as possible.
At Williams Plumbing, Heating & Air, we offer impressive sets of CO detectors to choose from, and also the required services to install them, repair when necessary, and periodic maintenance checks. Carbon monoxide is a hazard for all, and it's shockingly increasing due to more burning of fossil fuel. CO detector equipped home, cars or workplace can prevent serious health damages. Call us any day of the week to set an appointment, and our teams of experts will be at your doorsteps in no time.