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FAQ about Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These FAQ’s are intended as a resource for the awareness and prevention of Carbon Monoxide dangers for the residents of Adelaide and South Australia.  What is Carbon Monoxide? Commonly known as ‘the silent killer’ Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odourless, tasteless and colourless. Carbon Monoxide is a gas formed and given off during the burning of fuels such as as Natural Gas, firewood, LPG, petrol, oil and diesel. It is actually the incomplete burning of fuel. It is important to note that whilst the burning of fuels and the smoke can often be seen and smelt, it still contains the odourless, tasteless and colourless Carbon Monoxide. What sort of appliances can give off Carbon Monoxide in my home? Heaters such as natural gas, LPG, oil and wood burning are sources of Carbon Monoxide. Other sources are cars, petrol generators and tools such as lawn mowers, blower vacs and edge trimmers. In fact, anything that burns a fuel, is a source of Carbon Monoxide. What is a Carbon Monoxide detector? A Carbon Monoxide detector is visually similar to a smoke detector. When Carbon Monoxide is detected, the alarm sounds in the same way your smoke detector would. How does a Carbon Monoxide detector work? A Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector measures concentrations of CO in the air over a period of time using a CO sensor. If the concentration is very high and at an immediately dangerous level the alarm will sound very quickly. At lower concentrations of CO the alarm will sound but will occur after a delayed period. Why is Carbon Monoxide dangerous? Excessive exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO) can...