What is Carbon Monoxide?

carbon monoxideOver the course of winter, you probably hear people discuss the dangers of carbon monoxide. The seriousness of this unsuspecting gas is not to be overlooked. As a home or business owner, it is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the telltale signs of carbon monoxide and its damaging effects. At SHIELD Security Systems, we understand the importance of educating individuals about this threat. Because of this, we have provided a comprehensive overview of carbon monoxide that every individual should read.

Carbon Monoxide: What It Is & Why It Is Dangerous

What It Is

Odorless. Colorless. Tasteless. These are the properties that make carbon monoxide such a dangerous poisonous gas. Wondering how this hazardous gas is created in the first place? Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is created when natural gas and other carbon-based materials are not properly burned. Everything from wood and coal to kerosene and gasoline can all create CO when inadequately burned with natural gas.

What It Does

It is not the improper burning of these materials that is so dangerous, but rather the poisonous gas that is produced. This gas is so dangerous because of the way it affects the human body. When inhaled in large amounts, carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in blood, potentially cutting off oxygen flow to the brain, heart, and other life-sustaining organs.

Signs of Exposure:

Upon exposure to smaller amounts of CO, individuals can exhibit the following symptoms:

  • nausea

  • headache

  • dizziness

  • sleepiness

The onset of fatigue is what makes exposure so hard to control. If the gas goes undetected, it can quickly suffocate unconscious individuals, resulting in death.

Protect Yourself

The best way to protect you and your loved ones from carbon monoxide-related harm is by way of a CO detector. These solutions are affordable and effective, making them an obvious choice for any home or business owner.

Are you looking for state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detectors you can trust with your life? Call (913) 766-2248 to learn how we can help.

Tony Thurman

SHIELD Security Systems | 7111 W. 151st Street, Suite 30 | Overland Park, KS 66223 | (913) 667-7500