Carbon Monoxide Gas is The Invisible Killer & Has No Odor

How CO KILLS: Carbon monoxide (CO) is toxic to humans because it is attracted to hemoglobin, the main component of red blood cells. Normally, hemoglobin carries oxygen throughout our bodies, releasing it to tissues as needed. When CO gas is present, it replaces the oxygen, and in heavy concentrations, can kill in minutes. In lower concentrations the symptoms mimic the flu or other viruses which are common in cold weather months.

The Warning SignsCarbon Monoxide Safety Badge

In Your Home Due to its nature, carbon monoxide cannot be detected by the human senses. But sometimes the gas will leave clues to its presence. These are things to look for which might indicate that (but not always) you have excessive concentrations of CO:

  • Stale, stuffy air that never seems to clear.
  • Excessive humidity that condensates on windows.
  • A hot draft venting from the chimney into the home, or no draft at all in the chimney.
  • Soot which accumulates around the outside of a fireplace, chimney, or furnace.
  • A smell of exhaust fumes in the air.

Use a Carbon Monoxide Detector. It’s an economical and accurate way to warn you if dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are accumulating in your home or RV. Browse our Carbon Monoxide Detectors at:

  1. Check all your duct work which is vented to the outside (chimneys, water heaters, etc) on an annual basis for any signs of blockage (bird nests, large twigs, etc.)
  2. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, have the chimney cleaned annually.
  3. Have your heating system inspected annually, (before the cold weather sets in) to check for proper and safe operation of all parts.
  4. If your home is extremely airtight, you may want to contact your local utility company for information regarding adequate ventilation, back drafting concerns, or to measure the carbon monoxide level in your home.
  5. Don’t forget your water heater. Make sure that is properly vented and the ductwork does not leak any exhaust gases into the room.

Inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system for leaks. Most muffler shops will do this for free.

Many people needlessly die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning annually.

These common sense, often quoted rules could save your life.

  • NEVER sit in a parked car with the engine running and the windows closed.
  • NEVER let your car idle in a closed garage.
  • NEVER heat a room or your home with a kitchen stove or oven.
  • NEVER use an un-vented gas heater indoors.
  • NEVER use charcoal indoors.
  • NEVER enclose furnaces &/or water heaters without proper ventilation.
  • NEVER use LP appliances or gasoline lanterns indoors or in a camper/RV unless they are vented outdoors.

Common Uses for Smoke Emitters and Choosing the Best One for the Job

Smoke emitters are small smoke emitting cartridges that, when ignited with a flame, produce a constant rate of safe smoke. Often called other names like smoke bombs, smoke grenades, smoke candles, trace smoke or even signal smoke. 10 cartridge pack of S102 White Smoke EmittersThe smoke emitter cartridge is a conveniently packaged compound that is safe to transport and easy to ignite, while at the same time, safe to handle and dispose of when the test or effect is completed.

These smoke cartridges come in multiple sizes, colors, even perfumed, and are used by a wide variety of professional occupations. Our entire line of smoke emitters are non-toxic and do not contain oil nor zinc.

InspectUSA also stocks the Clean Trace smoke emitters, which are used in sensitive environments, such as computer rooms, because they do not contain high level of chlorides. This is important to prevent corrosion of the electronic circuitry. It is very important to avoid the use of colored smoke emitters indoors because they can leave a slight residue.

Here at InspectUSA we have many customers who call to ask which smoke emitter would work best for their purpose.  Below is a chart of some of the most common applications with a general recommendation for an appropriate smoke emitter. We recommend using our Smoke Test Volume Calculator to determine the amount of smoke required for the area in which the work or special effect will be performed.

Common Uses for Smoke Emitters

S102 S103 S104 S105 S107
Cubic feet 150 600 1,200 2,500 18,000
Burn time 40-45 seconds 65-90 seconds 3-4 minutes 3-4 minutes 5-8 minutes
Ventilation Checks, Air Balancing, Fume Hoods, Chimney Flow, Heater Installation X X X
Leakage & function tests of Duct-work, Air Filters, Fans, Pipes, Ventilation or Drainage Systems X X X X X
Fire Training X X
Disaster Training X X X
Duct-mounted Smoke Detector Testing X X
Photography, Special Effects X X X X X

Variations available by size:

  • S102: S102, S102-Orange, S102-Perfumed, S102-Clean Trace
  • S103: S103, S103-Orange, S103-Perfumed, S103-Clean Trace
  • S104: S104, S104-Orange, S104-Red, S104-Blue, S104-Green, S104-Yellow, S104-Dark Gray, S104-Perfumed, S104-Clean Trace
  • S105: S105, S105-Orange, S105-Red, S105-Blue, S105-Green, S105-Yellow, S105-Dark Gray, S105-Perfumed, S105-Clean Trace
  • S107: S107, S107-Orange