CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors protect from the deadly by-product of combustion from boilers and other appliances. Battery units are quick and easy to install.From: £10.09 ex VAT
Mains powered CO detectors are available in hardwired or plug socket versions and are suitable for domestic or business installationFrom: £30.79 ex VAT
This specialist range of Carbon Monoxide detectors are designed and certified for use when travelling, on boats, in tents and in caravans.From: £10.09 ex VAT
Carbon monoxide (chemical symbol 'CO') is a gas created when fossil fuels are burnt with insufficient oxygen or at low burning temperatures. This happens when the embers of a fire are nearly out or when a gas boiler is badly maintained, supplying the flame with too little oxygen.
Carbon monoxide gas is highly poisonous and can incapacitate or even kill people in a closed room within a short time. Carbon monoxide build-up can happen if a flue is blocked by bird's nests, the chimney is not working properly or if, for example, a BBQ is fetched into a closed space to heat a room or tent, especially when the embers are close to being extinguished. Carbon monoxide cannot be tasted, seen or smelled, so to protect yourself, a carbon monoxide detector is required.
Carbon monoxide stops the red blood particles in the blood from transporting oxygen around the body, which leads to lack of oxygen across the body and brain. The first symptoms are very similar to flu with headaches, tiredness and nausea. This is followed by unconsciousness and, if the exposure continues, can lead to death. There is no harmless level of carbon monoxide and an extended low-level exposure to carbon monoxide will lead to lasting health damage.
Switch off any fuel burning appliances, open all windows and leave the house. If you suspect longterm exposure you need to see a doctor for blood tests. A general indication of low-level exposure is if you are feeling ill when in the house and feeling better when outside or at work.
If the CO gas source is a boiler, call the Gas Emergency services on 0800 111999. Call 0845 6585080 if the fuel is heating oil and 0845 6345626 if it is a solid fuel fire.
Make sure the carbon monoxide detector is certified by an established certification body to BS EN 50291-1 and in case the alarm is required for caravans or boats an additional certificate is needed to BS EN 50291-2. We recommend BSI's kitemark as the best guarantor of safety.
Lifespans vary between different carbon monoxide alarms. Some alarms only have a 5 year lifespan, while 7 year and 10 year alarms are also available, offering a significant cost reductions. We also recommend the option of sealed longlife batteries, as this saves the cost of replacement batteries.
For customers who would like to get an actual carbon monoxide concentration reading from their CO alarm, we can suggest the digital carbon monoxide detector in our range.