A carbon monoxide detector in your Houston home will save lives – yours and your family’s. According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control, an average of 430 people die nationally each year from non-fire related, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in homes. That figure means that this year approximately 10 people in Houston will succumb to this deadly gas. At Safeguard Home Security we think even losing one life is unacceptable and that’s why we offer state-of-the-art, monitored carbon monoxide detectors for homes and businesses.
Equally alarming, according to American Journal of Emergency Medicine, approximately 50 Houstonians will require extended hospitalization to treat carbon monoxide poisoning and over 425 will be taken to area emergency rooms because of exposure and poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. Symptoms and signs of exposure to toxic levels may include:
- Muscle weakness
- Dull headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sudden confusion or a lack of clear thinking
- Blurry vision
- Passing out or feeling of fainting
Treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning in Houston area hospitals generally requires the administering of pure oxygen, sometimes with the aid of a ventilator. In severe cases victims are placed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber where intense levels of pure oxygen are introduced. Hospitals such as Memorial Hermann, Houston Methodist, West Houston Medical Center and Cypress-Fairbanks Medical Center among other have the equipment for emergency treatments.
However, you and your family need not worry about carbon monoxide poisoning and treatment if you have Safeguard Home Security install and monitor carbon monoxide detectors in your home. We advise placing detectors on each level of your house particularly near bedrooms and by any appliances that burn fuel such as gas stoves, water heaters and furnaces. It is also a good idea to place them near fireplaces and we recommend avoiding installation near doors or windows that can dilute the poison concentration.
Our professional technicians will do a site inspection of your home and advise you on optimal monitor placement. A carbon monoxide detector in your Houston home will save lives but only if properly installed and monitored. Trust the professionals at Safeguard Home Security to help keep your family safe.