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Alarms & Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors or CO Alarms are essential in relation to Building Regulations associated with the installation of a Wood Burning or Multi-Fuel stove. Choose from our CO Alarms, Smoke Detectors or a combination of the two from industry leading brands Sleep Safe and Honeywell below or visit our Technical Information pages for more information.
Every Carbon Monoxide Alarm should have the British Standards' Kite Mark or another European Union authentication such as CE certification for sellers and usually have a battery life of up to 5 years.
Carbon monoxide is produced when solid fuel appliances aren't fully burning. This is usually the result of incorrectly or badly fitted installations along with not being properly maintained, or if the vents, chimneys or flues become blocked by dirt that has been created through use of the appliance. Carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless and tasteless yet it is poisonous and can be deadly. The symptoms of exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can be similar to those of many other conditions, such as food poisoning and flu. However, unlike flu, carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a high temperature (fever). The most common symptoms include a headache, nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness and confusion, stomach pain, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. The longer you inhale carbon monoxide, the worse your symptoms will be. You may lose balance, vision and memory. Eventually, you may lose consciousness. This can happen within two hours, if there is a lot of carbon monoxide in the air. Long-term exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can also lead to neurological symptoms, including difficulty thinking or concentrating and frequent emotional changes – for example, becoming easily irritated, depressed or making impulsive decisions.
Always ensure that you have a carbon monoxide alarm in the room with your wood burning stove - it could save your life. It is estimated that around 30 to 50 people suffer death each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and even more are injured from breathing in this colourless and odourless killer.
How To Use A CO Alarm
All you need to do is ensure that your carbon monoxide detector is in the same room as your wood burning stove and has a workable battery. All of our carbon monoxide alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning and for further information, please visit the Technical Information pages of Glowing Embers.