Did you know that many people who are exposed to carbon monoxide don’t even know it? In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die each year in the U.S. from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to this invisible, but deadly gas, which often results from home appliances like furnaces, stoves, fire places, and generators.
Though there are many ways to prevent carbon monoxide leaks, the key to protecting your family from CO poisoning is effectively recognizing when the gas is present in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors and monitors help you do just that, but there is an important difference between these two devices.
The Difference Between Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Monitors
This week, our very own Mike Douglas was on the Chris Krok Show to talk more about how carbon monoxide impacts people and families in the Dallas community. During his segment, he explained the difference between carbon monoxide detectors and monitors and how each helps alert homeowners to the presence of CO in the home.
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As Mike discusses, the main difference between the two is that carbon monoxide detectors alert you to dangerous levels of CO in the home, while carbon monoxide monitors allow you to monitor any level of carbon monoxide. Much like a fire alarm, the detector only alerts you when CO has reached a dangerous level. However, not every member of your family may have the same tolerance, and many detectors will only measure CO levels every couple of hours. Long-term exposure to lower levels of carbon monoxide can also present health issues, making a carbon monoxide monitor a better choice, especially for families with children, pregnant mothers, and elderly folks.
Learn More About Carbon Monoxide
To learn more about carbon monoxide leaks and how to protect you and your family from this silent killer, check out some of our other helpful posts on the subject: