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Because March is Poison Prevention Month, this is a great time to address what your home security system can do to prevent poisoning – specifically, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Let’s examine some facts about this dangerous hazard.

Who Can Get CO Poisoning? 

The sad truth is, everyone is at risk for CO poisoning because it can build up in common household appliances – but the most vulnerable to CO poisoning are infants, the elderly and people with chronic heart disease or breathing problems. In all, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 400 Americans die from CO poisoning per year (and that doesn’t include the incidents that are linked to fires). Another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized. That’s staggering.

CO Poisoning Prevention and Your Alarm System 

The good news is, today’s home alarm systems are smarter than ever before. Much like they can be programmed to automatically turn your water off if high water is detected in the home, they can also be set up to automatically turn off your HVAC system if carbon monoxide is detected.

And just like the system sends text alerts to your smartphone if there is a break-in, fire or other unexpected event triggered, it can send you a text alert when there is CO detected as well. It’s designed to give you time to get the family out of the home, unplug appliances and wait for first responders to arrive. When they do, they will inspect the home and let you know when it is safe to re-enter.

If you have questions on using your alarm system to fight CO poisoning, contact us with your questions. We will be glad to speak with you.

About Post Alarm Systems

To learn more about an alarm system with a CO detector in Los Angeles, come see us at Post Alarm Systems. Our highly qualified and experienced home security systems experts can help you find the best home video security system for your needs. To learn more about our security monitoring services, call us today at 1-800-654-7678.