Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, and potentially deadly gas. Yet I only recently ordered a carbon monoxide detector for my home. It took four recent deaths in Colorado (an entire family on vacation in Aspen) to finally move me to action. A fifth death (a Denver student) occurred just a few days ago.
CO is produced by the combustion of various fuels including gas, coal, and oil. If it isn’t properly vented from enclosed spaces, it can build up to levels that can make you quite ill — or very dead.
Many years ago, a heating technician I’d called for a preseason check of my heating system, discovered a crack in the heat exchanger and immediately cut off my gas. No appeals, no delays. It was the law. I was inconvenienced and annoyed at the time (besides, I felt fine) and not at all nice to the guy. Only recently have I come to appreciate what that man did for me.
In the US every year, 250 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I know what you’re thinking, but don’t try to play the odds. Read the stories I linked above — and then ask yourself if you can afford not to have a CO detector in your home.
What are you waiting for? You’re sitting at your keyboard right now. Click over to Amazon or someplace else and order one right now. Delivered to your door. Plug-in, battery-powered, or both. $20-$50 or thereabouts. Wall-mount or tabletop. Could anything be easier? Do it. Now. A carbon monoxide detector could be, quite literally, something you can’t live without.