Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Proper Placement of Carbon Monoxide CO Detectors Important

September 30th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Fireplaces & Woodstoves, Furnaces, Installed Systems, Poisoning, Water Heaters | No Comments »

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Proper placement of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is important, reminds the makers of home-safety and security website HomeSafe.com (http://www.homesafe.com/coalert).

Each fall the sad news of another family that has one or more of its family members perish in their sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning repeats itself.

The real tragedy is that these deaths can be prevented if the family had the chimney checked and/or installed carbon monoxide detectors near the sleeping and living areas within the house.

If you are installing only one carbon monoxide detector, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends it be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Additional detectors on every level and in every bedroom of a home provide extra protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

When considering where to place a carbon monoxide detector, keep in mind that although carbon monoxide is roughly the same weight as air (carbon monoxide’s specific gravity is 0.9657, as stated by the EPA; the National Resource Council lists the specific gravity of air as one), it may be contained in warm air coming from combustion appliances such as home heating equipment. If this is the case, carbon monoxide will rise with the warmer air.

Installation locations vary by manufacturer. Manufacturers’ recommendations differ to a certain degree based on research conducted with each one’s specific detector. Therefore, make sure to read the provided installation manual for each detector before installing.

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning prevention and to find top-rated CO detectors for your home, visit the CO ALERT at http://www.homesafe.com/coalert.


HomeSafe.com Open Request for Articles

September 19th, 2010 | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

We are currently seeking freelance writers with experience/expertise in a variety of home safety fields (home safes, home safety, home security, baby-proofing, carbon-monoxide poisoning, fire safety, gun storage safety, etc) for paid or “link-in-trade” freelance writing work, contributing blog posts or articles to the HomeSafe.com group of sites (www.homesafe.com/articles, www.homesafe.com/coalert, blog.homesafe.com) .

Must have expertise in the chosen subject matter and be familiar with modern web-writing SEO considerations. Your article must be original work that is not available anywhere else online. Your article or blog post should arrive ready to publish, in plain text format, with perfect spelling, and full urls for any supporting online references. You will provide the article, a suggested headline, a list of keywords specific to the article, and a “teaser” description that may or may not be used.

We may edit the content, adding images and links to other sections of our website (product catalog). We will feature all new articles with a blog post that “teases” the article on blog.homesafe.com. Blog posts will be cross-posted as headlines or teasers on various social networks related to the subject.

  • Categories include:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Consumer Protection
  • Family Safety
  • Installed Systems
  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces & Woodstoves
  • Furnaces
  • Water Heaters
  • Child Proofing
  • Computer Safety & Security
  • Driving Safety
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Finance
  • Fire Safety
  • Flooding
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Free Stuff
  • Home Projects
  • Home Safes
  • Home Storage
  • Household Chemicals
  • Internet Safety
  • Pets & Animals
  • Poisoning
  • Security
  • Senior Safety
  • Slip-and-Fall
  • Uncategorized
  • Workplace Safety
  • Electrical
  • Safes and Lockboxes
  • Security Systems

If interested in writing for HomeSafe as a freelance writer, please send an email along with a sample of your writing (or links to examples of your work) on any of the related subject matter (see paragraph one) to homesafe@compendiumusa.com along with your contact information and rate required per article.