As you spring forward, check the batteries in your CO Alarm
Sunday March 13th was the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
You all set your clocks forward 1 hour, but how many took the time to check the batteries in the carbon monoxide (CO) alarm?
CO poisoning is a silent danger in many households, and the key to prevention is to take diligent and persistent action.
At ClimateCare, we aim to keep our customers safe from the harms of CO through our products and our partnership with the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation. Here is why it’s so important to check the batteries in your CO alarm.
What is CO poisoning?
CO is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that produces extremely harmful health effects.
Overexposure and high concentrations can lead to:
- Brain damage.
Common symptoms of CO poisoning can be similar to the flu. Additional symptoms like:
- Loss of consciousness
…can indicate exposure to unsafe levels of CO. Follow up with your doctor if you experience any combination of these symptoms.
What can happen to your CO alarms in the winter?
Winter poses the greatest threat of CO exposure and CO poisoning due to higher concentrations of the harmful gas. During storms or power outages, we tend to have a greater reliance on alternative sources of power for cooking, heating, or cooling which can potentially create higher accumulations of CO in the home.
Dry air in the winter is hard on the batteries in your CO detector, and they can wear out much faster than during warmer seasons.
What happens if you don’t have a CO alarm installed?
Not only will you put yourself and your family at risk of CO poisoning, but you may also have to pay a fine. Noncompliance in Ontario can lead to hefty fines, up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.
Overall, you want to be sure that your CO alarm is installed and running effectively all year round!
If you don’t have a battery powered CO alarm, it’s never too late to have one installed in your home. ClimateCare is a trusted source in making your safety and comfort a top priority. If you have any questions about your CO alarm, contact your nearest ClimateCare contractor and we’ll help sort you out.