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Carbon monoxide in houses

  1. Dec 9, 2016 #1
    Hi, all graduates and experts here. Being a civil engineer, I was about to create the plan for my new home in Ontario. When I consulted with my fellow engineers, they suggested having carbon monoxide detectors, inside my house as a part of increasing the security. I have already decided to place some home monitoring devices in my home so that I can monitor the safety even if I am away. I really doubt, what is the actual need of placing a carbon monoxide detector. Where does this much amount of CO come from my home? Edit by mod: Deleted link to blog. I read this informative blog suggested by an engineer. Initially, I had a misconception that the source of CO is only the smoke from the vehicles. But I realized that the woodstoves and fireplaces, charcoal grills, gas stoves, gas dryers, fuel-fired furnaces, and gas water heaters in our homes also release CO, which will be inhaled by us. So, I have decided to place a CO detector in my house and can you please help me finding a good one? How do this work and In which all places I can place it? Thanks in advance.
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    I am by far not an expert on civil engineering, but I will still permit myself some common suggestions.
    Indeed, in my country CO poisoning is cause of tens of deadly accidents, hospitalizations and incidents of illness, the latter as a result of long-term exposure to low doses. (source: Dutch fire department)

    In my opinion, this is a underestimated problem and I think it is very good you are contemplating placing detectors. Also, please at all times provide enough ventilation with fresh outside air, specially in bed rooms. Now that houses are increasingly well isolated, this is even more important.
    For advice on good detectors you could consult your local fire department or a reputable central heating installation company.

    You should in any case place one in your bed room or in other rooms where you perhaps tend to take naps, like in a comfortable chair in the living room. Be sure the detector comes with an annoyingly noisy alarm.
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    Thank you so much :)
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