The Ultimate Carbon Monoxide Detector Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Carbon monoxide, known as the “silent killer,” can go undetected in your home, leading to serious health complications and even death. Protect your family and make sure this odorless, tasteless and colorless gas can be detected in your home. Take this quiz and learn all about carbon monoxide detectors.

What can produce carbon monoxide?

Almost anything that you burn in your home can produce carbon monoxide, including gasoline, propane, oil, natural gas, wood and coal.


How much carbon monoxide is needed to cause health complications?

Only a small amount of carbon monoxide exposure can cause health complications. Even the carbon monoxide emissions from a chainsaw can cause damage.


How does carbon monoxide impact your health?

Carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your blood. Your tainted carbon monoxide blood is then carried to all your vital organs.


What are the health consequences of mild carbon monoxide exposure?

Even prolonged, mild carbon monoxide exposure leads to permanent damage to your brain, lungs and heart. Mild exposure is generally not fatal, but does have lifelong health consequences.


What are the signs of moderate carbon monoxide exposure?

Be aware and leave your surroundings if you experience moderate carbon monoxide exposure symptoms. These symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, burning eyes, headaches, difficulty breathing and confusion.


Carbon monoxide poisoning can be mistaken for:

The signs of moderate carbon monoxide poisoning, such as nausea and vomiting, can be easily mistaken as the flu or food poisoning.


Who is at increased risk of dying due to carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, especially for certain at risk groups, including infants, the elderly, and people with respiratory and circulatory illnesses.


How can you reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Take care when using fuel-burning appliances and make sure they are well maintained and working properly. You should also burn combustible fuels only in ventilated areas.


Which of the following likely produces carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide exposure can be the result of: a car left running in the garage, a cracked furnace or a clogged chimney, as well as many other fuel-burning situations in the home, such as a gas stove top


Where should you install a carbon monoxide detector?

Carbon monoxide gathers low to the ground. Therefore, a carbon monoxide detector works best when it's installed close to the floor.


What should you first do if your carbon monoxide detector goes off?

If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, don't panic. First, check to see if anyone is feeling sick and ventilate your house.


At what point should you call emergency services after your carbon monoxide detector goes off?

Leave your house and don't go back inside if the detector doesn't shut off on its own. If this occurs, or if someone is feeling sick, call emergency services.


The higher the concentration of carbon monoxide in the home:

It can take hours for your detector to sound if there is a low carbon monoxide concentration in the air. Alternatively, it can take mere seconds for a detector to sound if there is a high carbon monoxide concentration.


What does a carbon monoxide alarm sound like?

A carbon monoxide detector can awaken you from your slumber and alert you to trouble. It is just slightly quieter than a lawnmower.


How does a biomimetic carbon monoxide detector work?

A biomimetic carbon monoxide detector has a special gel that absorbs carbon monoxide. It mimics the effects of carbon monoxide in the blood.


How many people in the United States are treated each year for carbon monoxide exposure?

Hospital emergency rooms in the United States treat approximately 15,000 people for carbon monoxide poisoning each year. Moreover, almost 500 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year.


Carbon monoxide detectors:

You can get carbon monoxide detectors that are battery operated or plugged into an outlet. Battery operated carbon monoxide detectors are typically preferable, as they work during power outages.


How often should you have your chimney and furnace inspected to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure?

A faulty furnace and a blocked or dirty chimney can easily lead to trouble. Make sure to have these two major heating sources checked by a professional each and every year.


How often should you test your carbon monoxide detector?

Your carbon monoxide detector monitors an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas. It's therefore imperative to check your detector once a month to make sure it's working properly.


If you live in a cold climate, what should you do to prevent carbon monoxide exposure during the winter months?

Make sure that all of your vents, including your furnace, water heater and dryer vents, are free from snow. Snow-covered vents can lead to carbon monoxide exposure.


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