Smoke alarms CO Detector

Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.

Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.


 Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

 Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.

 For the best protection, inter connect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound.

 An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.

For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm

(photoelectric and ionization) are recommended.

 Install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling.

 Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

 Replace all smoke alarms when they are 5 years old!

Sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.

  Fire war warning equipment is available to awaken people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This equipment uses strobe lights and vibration equipment (pillow or bed shakers) for people who are deaf and mixed-low-frequency signals for people who are hard of hearing. Some of this equipment is activated by the sound of the smoke alarm.

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Carbon Monoxide CO Detectors - Placement of Carbon Monoxide CO Detectors Important

Since CO is colorless, tasteless and odorless (unlike smoke from a fire)

I say keep CO detectors low about 12 inch 0ff the floor! When carbon monoxide detectors were introduced into the market, they had a limited lifespan of 2 years let keep the 2 year to be replaced;  dual smoke/CO detectors are also sold they go on the ceiling don’t buy. The Safety of Your Family Comes First!

CO detectors do not serve as smoke detectors and vice versa. However, dual smoke/CO detectors are also sold. Smoke detectors detect the smoke generated by flaming or smoldering fires, whereas CO detectors can alarm people about faulty fuel burning devices to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is produced from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In the home CO can be formed, for example, by open flames, space heaters, water heaters, blocked chimneys or running a car inside a garage.

Since CO is colorless, tasteless and odorless (unlike smoke from a fire), detection and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning in a home environment is impossible without such a warning device. In North America, some state, provincial and municipal governments require installation of CO detectors in new units - among them, the U.S. states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Vermont, the Canadian province of Ontario, and New York City.

According to the 2005 edition of the carbon monoxide guidelines, NFPA 720, published by the National Fire Protection Association, sections and, all CO detectors 'shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms,' and each detector 'shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.'

When carbon monoxide detectors were introduced into the market, they had a limited lifespan of 2 years. However technology developments have increased this and many now advertise 5 or even 6 years. Newer models are designed to signal a need to be replaced after that timespan although there are many instances of detectors operating far beyond this point.

The digital models offer the advantage of being able to observe levels that are below the alarm threshold, learn about levels that may have occurred during an absence, and assess the degree of hazard if the alarm sounds. They may also aid emergency responders in evaluating the level of past or ongoing exposure or danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Battery-only carbon monoxide detectors tend to go thru batteries more frequently than expected. Plug-in detectors with a battery backup (for use if the power is interrupted) provide less battery-changing maintenance.


All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month using the test button.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the "Silent Killer" because it is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can catch its victims completely unaware. CO is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.  CO poisoning can cause severe and chronic brain, lung and heart injuries and can lead to death.  

The only safe way to know if there is CO in your home is to arm your family with a working CO alarm.

Briggs electrical service provides residential, commercial and industrial electrical services.

Located in Matthews North Carolina between hwy 74 hwy and 485 to easily provide Electrical Service in Matthews North Carolina and Electrical Service Charlotte North Carolina and Electrical Service Union County, Weddington, Wesley Chapel, Waxhaw North Carolina

  Briggs Electrical Service & Lighting Design.

500 East Matthews Street Matthews, NC 28105

Phone number (704) 847-5737  

Fax number (704) 972-0532.

The owner Peter James Briggs


Office manager Trinity Reynolds

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