What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that spreads from household items and equipment made from charcoal, wood, gas, or oil. Once it spreads, your home and health are at high-risk. 

So if you hear your carbon monoxide alarm beeping, here's what you need to know and what to do to help keep your family safe.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

Wondering if that carbon monoxide detector chirping could be signaling? CO poisoning symptoms are often mistaken for the flu but can be deadly. Common signs can include: 

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness 
  • Vomiting 
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath 

What to Do if Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Goes Off.

If you hear your carbon monoxide detector beeping, do not ignore the alarm. Leave immediately because exposure can quickly lead to health risks including heart disease or fatality. Get pets and everyone out for fresh air. Call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital immediately. Do not re-enter the home until emergency responders say it’s safe to do so. 

If local emergency responders don’t find carbon monoxide in your home, try resetting your alarm. If the carbon monoxide detector sounding doesn’t stop, contact your manufacturer immediately. 

Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Get your appliances serviced annually by a licensed technician. 
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home. 
  • Clean your chimney at least once a year. 
  • Don’t run your vehicle, lawnmower or gas equipment inside a closed garage. 
  • Don’t use a gas oven to heat your home. 
  • Don’t block your home’s vents. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What causes carbon monoxide?
    Carbon monoxide stems from home appliances with oil, gas, coal or wood. CO gas buildup can also come from your vehicle running in an enclosed area such as a garage attached to a home. 

  • How do carbon monoxide detectors work?
    When CO is detected, the carbon monoxide alarm’s sensor triggers an alarm to alert you. If you’re unsure if the alarm is working, test it by checking the wall outlet’s power or batteries.

  • Why is my carbon monoxide detector beeping every 30 seconds?
    Carbon monoxide detector beeping intermittently can signal different alerts. Check your detector’s manual. If your alarm sounds every 30 seconds the battery may need to be changed, the detector should be replaced, or there’s a malfunction.  

  • Where should I install a carbon monoxide alarm?
    Carbon monoxide alarms should be placed in every commonly used area in your home including the kitchen, bedrooms and living room. Refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for proper placement.

  • How do ADT carbon monoxide detectors work?
    If carbon monoxide is detected in your home, your alarm will sound and you’ll receive a mobile alert. ADT monitoring specialists will immediately be notified to send emergency responders to your home. Speak with an ADT security specialist for more home safety features and mounting options. 


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Your home’s safety can be at risk in a matter of seconds. Keep your home safe from fires, carbon monoxide and other home dangers with ADT’s home safety equipment and environmental monitoring. Call now to speak with an ADT security expert to help protect what matters most home today.

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