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How to detect carbon monoxide

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Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can cause death if inhaled. It is produced when carbon-containing materials, such as gasoline, coal, wood, or charcoal, are burned. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and vomiting. If left untreated, it can lead to brain damage, heart problems, and even death. Carbon monoxide detectors can alert you to the presence of the gas in your home so that you can take steps to protect yourself and your family.

Although carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and difficult to detect, we can directly measure the concentration by installing detectors or indirectly determine the presence of carbon monoxide through the characteristics reflected by other objects.

Method 1: Install a carbon monoxide detector

Installing a carbon monoxide detector is the most effective way to measure the presence of carbon monoxide around you. Next, I will describe the steps you need to go through from purchasing to using a carbon monoxide detector.

Purchase the carbon monoxide detector

Now there are many channels to buy carbon monoxide detectors, you can buy online such as: Amazon, Alibaba, shopify. It can also be purchased in offline stores. Prices vary widely, mainly based on the functions of the detectors.

Consider optional functions

Types: There are 4 main types of carbon monoxide detectors, battery powered, plug-in, hardwired and combined smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The combined type is the most expensive. The first three are mainly due to different power supply methods, and the prices are slightly different.

Service life: The service life of carbon monoxide on the market is mostly 5 to 7 years, and there are also 10 years, which means that the price is higher and the product is more durable.

Interconnection: Interconnected carbon monoxide detectors are usually linked by multiple independent detectors through a wireless system or hard-wired, so that when one detector alarms, all detectors will alarm together. These detectors are expensive, but are excellent at protecting the lives of family members.

Display screen: The display screen can display the real-time carbon monoxide concentration, and the displayed number is higher than 300ppm, that is, the dangerous concentration. When people hear the alarm from the detector, they can take a look at the displayed number to determine whether the detector has a false alarm.

85 decibels: Most of the detectors have an 85 decibel alarm sound, and there are also 120 ultra-high decibel detectors. This type of detector is mainly aimed at the elderly, who are afraid that they cannot hear the 85 decibel alarm sound.

Purchase quantity

The number of carbon monoxide detectors purchased is related to the number of rooms. The more rooms there are, the more detectors need to be purchased; for the general two rooms and one hall, only 2 to 3 detectors need to be purchased. This is just the number of carbon monoxide detectors, other types of detectors such as smoke detectors can be purchased if need.

Installation location:

The installation position of carbon monoxide is on the wall about 1 meter away from the ceiling. Because carbon monoxide is lighter than air, it will float upward. At the same time, the carbon monoxide detector is equipped with a display screen, which can be installed on the wall to make the display number parallel to people’s line of sight.

Next to or above the apparatus generating the flame

Within 15 feet of heating or cooking utensils

Close to wet areas such as bathrooms 1

In the form of pets or children, 2 as this may lead to accidental tampering

Installation and activation:

This step only needs to be installed according to the user manual. Different types of detectors have different installation methods. Activation is to power on the detector after installation. After passing the test button test, it can be used normally.

Method 2: Indirect reflection of the presence of carbon monoxide through objects

Identify health status

Carbon monoxide poisoning can make people dizzy, weak, and difficult to breathe. If you see someone who is pale, moving slowly, and may faint at any time, then she is likely to have carbon monoxide poisoning. Please take her outside for fresh air immediately and arrange admission to pure oxygen.

Phenomena that may cause objects to change

Excessive moisture and condensation on windows, walls and cold surfaces

Flue or electrical jack rusted

Orange or yellow flame in combustion appliance (flame shall be blue)

The bricks on the top of the chimney are damaged or discolored

Method 3: Prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide

The above two methods are passive detection of carbon monoxide, and the third method is artificially active to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep the vents open

It is really necessary to clean the vents regularly. If the small concentration of carbon monoxide gas in the room cannot be discharged due to the blockage of the vent, it will lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide in the room. Therefore, it is best to clean the vents every six months or a year to keep the indoor air circulating.

Detection of kitchen utensils

When people use kitchen utensils, they will produce a small amount of carbon monoxide, so when using the kitchen, they will open windows for ventilation. In addition, because the pot and stove are close to the fire source, there will be a little carbon monoxide residue, and if they are not cleaned for a long time, dust will accumulate. Therefore, it is also necessary to clean the kitchen utensils every week.

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