Although natural gas is designed to be a safe, cost-effective way to heat our homes, power our cooking appliances and dry our clothes, its safety is contingent on your appliances and systems working properly. If there is a malfunction that leads to a natural gas leak, you and your family will be exposed to a serious hazard with real health and safety implications.
Not only does ingesting natural gas lead to illness, but the flammability of the gas also leads to the possibility of an explosion. In either case, your family would be in serious danger – and that’s why it’s important to recognize the sulfuric odor added to natural gas. By taking action (getting out of the house and calling your gas provider) as soon as you detect the odor, you can keep your family safe.
But what about other dangerous gases that can infiltrate your home environment? Here are the ones you need to be aware of, and how smart security can help you identify their presence in your home.
Carbon monoxide (chemical name CO) is an odorless gas that emanates from inadequately ventilated generators, furnaces, clothes dryers and kitchen ovens. Breathing it in can cause serious illness or death, and many people don’t know they’ve been exposed until they start experiencing poisoning symptoms. The C.D.C. reports that 50,000 Americans visit the emergency room for CO poisoning every year.
Detecting Carbon Monoxide
Without technology that detects CO in your home, the only way to determine your exposure is through symptoms. Symptoms of CO poisoning include:
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or headache
- Trouble breathing or chest pains
- Ringing in the ears
- Eye or throat irritation
If you or anyone in your home experience these, seek medical attention immediately.
Luckily, there is smart security technology that can detect carbon monoxide in the home. It sends an alert straight to your phone if there is CO detected, so you can get everyone out of the house before anyone gets sick. Of course, our monitoring center will also contact you to determine if help is needed. This is protection you can’t afford to be without.
Radioactive Radon Gas
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in rocks and soil. If your property has elevated levels of radon and the gas silently seeps into the house, you and your loved ones could become at risk for developing lung cancer later in life. In fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Detecting Radon Build-Up
Radon build-up happens when too much radon is produced during the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil. A smart security system can also include radon detection, so you can receive an alert if radon is detected.
These are the gases that can create serious risks for you and your family. To inquire about smart security technology that detects these gases in the home, call Alarmingly Affordable. We look forward to speaking with you.
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