The Silent Killer Around Us

Mike Watkins by Mike Watkins | 02.01.2012

I am a big proponent of the life safety aspect of our business.  We have the ability to save lives every day and save families from tragedy every day.  Have you done your part today, this week, this month?

We are in the heat of the season for carbon monoxide poisoning and we can’t forget the seriousness of the threat.  You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it.  No one is immune to this silent deadly killer.  Do you offer carbon monoxide detectors on every job, do you offer them to customers during a service call, are you yourself educated on why a professionally installed sensor is better than one from the hardware store?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), CO alarms “should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.”  You can read more NFPA safety tips here.   With the Honeywell  5800CO, we can help you adhere to NFPA guidelines.  Unlike many of the hardware store brands,  we do not plug into an outlet by the floor, we do not lose power during a power outage and we have one of the longest sensor lives in the industry.  We detect it at 30 ppm and up and we send the signal to the central station for notification.  These facts seem simply stated, but are all too often taken for granted or simply overlooked.

In my home town of Kansas City, a family nearly lost their lives in December from carbon monoxide poisoning.  The threat is real and we are not immune to it.  Please read the article to further educate yourself about this deadly threat. Also below is a powerful video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And if you would like to view our video about the 5800CO, click here.