Most of us are aware that having a Carbon Monoxide Alarm / CO Detector in our home, is an extremely important way to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this poisonous and odourless gas. However, not so many people are aware that a Monitored Carbon Monoxide Alarm gives a number of advantages over standard non-monitored Carbon Monoxide detectors.
If your Carbon Monoxide Alarm is monitored, this means experienced call handlers in a monitoring centre will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for when the detector is activated.
Importantly, the trained staff can awaken you through a two-way speech unit (also called a base-unit) when you might not otherwise hear the Carbon Monoxide Alarm. This may be necessary if you are sleeping in another room out of earshot of the detector, or if you have taken medications and/or alcohol that has made you sleep more heavily. If the trained call handlers do not hear a response, they will immediately follow agreed response protocols such as contacting a family member to check on you. This ensures that the most appropriate support can be summoned to your home immediately.
Monitored Carbon Monoxide Alarms/CO detectors generally work by connecting (via radio signal) to your telecare base-unit. This means if you already have a pendant alarm you can easily have a monitored CO Alarm added to your system, provided the base-unit is compatible. To ascertain this, ask your existing telecare monitoring company. If you do not already have telecare equipment in your home, you can purchase the monitored Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector along with a telecare base-unit from most reputable telecare companies.
The short video below gives some further details on how Monitored Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms could save your life. It outlines five important reasons why you may want to choose this type of Carbon Monoxide Alarm to protect your home.