Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation in Dallas
Professional Installation and Service of Fire Alarms and CO AlarmsSome of the most dangerous threats in your home are the ones you can’t predict or detect. Home fires have many causes and smoke is one of the greatest concerns in terms of injury and death. Carbon monoxide has no odor and there’s no way to see it. That’s why you need smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. A smoke alarm chirping is loud enough to wake you up and get your family to safety in case the unthinkable happens. In an emergency or life or death situation, these devices are invaluable. Fortunately, you can trust our Dallas electricians to properly install fire and CO alarms and provide quality service to ensure your health and safety.
CO Alarm Requirements in DallasPer the Texas Human Resources Code, “qualifying” family homes must have carbon monoxide detectors installed. The same rules apply to day-care centers and group day-care homes. However, CO alarms aren’t mandatory in most residences. This may soon change as the Texas building codes are amended. Carbon monoxide alarms will be required statewide in homes built or renovated in 2022 forward. In any case, you can vastly improve the safety of your home by installing a CO detector. It’s generally recommended to check or replace the battery twice a year or, better yet, install a hardwired device that won’t run out of power. Also have one on each floor and near every sleeping and living area to ensure it can be heard during an emergency.
Differences Between Smoke Detectors and CO DetectorsA fire alarm and a carbon monoxide detector are two different devices. Most CO alarms sound only if carbon monoxide levels are 50ppm or higher for 8 hours or more, which is more than enough time to experience serious harm. For greater protection, install low level CO alarms that detect less than 30 ppm of CO (some as low as 5 ppm) that can cause significant symptoms and have long-term health effects. They display readings and flash a light or beep depending on the concentration of carbon monoxide detected. Smoke alarms are designed to protect you against smoke and fire. Carbon monoxide isn’t always present when there’s a fire. Smoke detectors are placed higher up, as smoke rises, so can alert you long before the fire is near you. They contain smoke sensors that send a signal to an alarm. Depending on the unit, it may sense smoke by detecting changes in light or changes in ionization of air. Smoke detectors can be connected wirelessly so if one detects smoke or fire, all interconnected units will activate. When a CO or smoke alarm is beeping, evacuate your home and call 911 immediately.
Smoke and CO detection is crucial for everyone living in Dallas. For installation help, call Service Today! at (888) 395-0085.