‘Silent killer.’ The substance carbon monoxide (CO) earned this notorious alias owing to its ability to pervade a home undetected and the fact that it has taken the lives of a number of people. “You can’t see, smell or taste this deadly, hazardous gas” – many HVAC companies in Toronto warn. In a Toronto Sun article, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Yasir Naqvi stated that CO kills about 50 Canadians, including 11 Ontarians, yearly. Due to the recorded deaths, a bill was passed last year mandating homes, condos, apartment hotels, and university residences to use carbon monoxide warning devices.
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Basically, CO detectors are designed to go off once abnormal levels of CO in the air are detected, but technologists are still improving the accuracy and reliability of these devices. Some of the current variants may be very sensitive to carbon monoxide presence that they go off even at low levels.