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Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

by Madison Jezioro

Mar 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM


One cold spring day in Maryland, back in March of 2015, a divorced father and 7 children were found poisoned in their sleep by the silent assassin, better known as carbon monoxide. In 2009, West Seneca, NY teen Amanda Hansen never woke up while staying at a friend’s house. A high school senior took his own life in his attached garage with carbon monoxide back in 2008.

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Topics: Personal Safety, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Family

Why Use "Wired In" Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

by Mary Jezioro

Jan 15, 2014 3:00:00 PM

What's The Difference Between A battery Powered CO Detector and A Hard Wired One?



This month, we've been focusing on the importance of installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Some properly functioning furnaces and fireplaces emit carbon monoxide at relatively safe levels. The threat happens when CO levels escalate to unsafe levels due to faulty hardware or spaces that aren't ventilated. While any CO detector is better than nothing, it's important to understand how hard-wired (installed) and battery operated (portable) models detect carbon monoxide levels. 

While they both monitor and detect unsafe carbon monoxide levels, battery operated CO detectors will detect levels of CO on a cumulative level and trip more frequently. Professionally installed CO detectors do not register CO levels cumulatively because they "purge" and reset regularly.  Therefore they tend to reflect a more accurate reading of carbon monoxide levels in the home.

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Personal Safety, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Thanks To Amanda’s Law, Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

by Ken Jezioro

Jan 6, 2014 10:30:00 AM

How You Can Prevent Deadly Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Screen_Shot_2013-12-31_at_3.40.31_PMIn 2009, West Seneca, N.Y., teen Amanda Hansen, lost her life to the silent killer, carbon monoxide (CO). She had decided to sleep over at a close friend's house. The girls had no way of knowing that while they slept in the basement, they were being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Amanda never woke up.

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Securing Your Home, Personal Safety, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protection From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What To Know

by Mary Jezioro

Jan 2, 2014 2:00:00 PM

The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide

January is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. So, it's time once again to review important safety tips to protect your family against this invisible, poisonous, potentially deadly gas. Carbon monoxide is a significant public safety concern because it is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. The numbers increase when heating systems are engaged throughout the cooler seasons and people remain inside their homes.


What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas that is emitted from household appliances like furnaces and generators that is colorless, odorless and potentially deadly. During the winter months (heating season), we all too frequently hear of tragedies involving loss of life due to people that were exposed to carbon monoxide gas. Despite warnings, faulty furnaces or generators left running in garages or enclosed areas cause carbon monoxide to pollute living quarters with deadly consequences. 

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Securing Your Home, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Family

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

by Mary Jezioro

Jan 6, 2013 7:00:00 AM


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Topics: Security Marketplace, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Family