Carbon Monoxide Detector Badges Can Save Lives

Carbon monoxide detector badges can indicate the presence of dangerous carbon monoxide in the area. Carbon monoxide detector badges should be used in the home, vehicle, office, workplace, schools, churches, hospitals, etc. anywhere fossil fuels are used.Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that is the by-product of the combustion of gasoline, diesel, oil, coal, wood and natural and propane gases; the typical “fossil” fuels. Carbon Monoxide is poisonous to the human body and, in sufficient concentrations, can cause serious injury or death.

The potential for carbon monoxide gas exposure exists in your home, car and workplace; in your children’s school and your church; in stores and restaurants you patronize; on planes, buses and boats; in hospitals, theaters and office buildings; anywhere fossil fuels are used to heat and power buildings, equipment and especially engines.

The potential for carbon monoxide exposure is typically higher in the winter because people spend more time indoors with the windows closed. However, there is still a danger in the warmer months because windows and doors stay closed due to running air conditioners. You may not be using natural gas to heat your home, but what about your gas water heater or stove? Sitting in a closed running vehicle can be dangerous not matter the outside temperature.

Custom imprinted carbon monoxide detector badges are an effective promotional item that can make customers aware of your company while also serving to indicate the presence of CO gas in the area. What better way to say thank you to a customer than helping to increase their personal safety.The key to safety from carbon monoxide gas exposure is awareness. Be alert to the potential sources of CO wherever you happen to be. In your home, make sure your gas appliances are clean and in good working order; inspect vents and duct work for leaks or blockages; use  carbon monoxide gas detection devices where appropriate.

Ask about the safety precautions, to protect against CO exposure, that are in use where you work, at your children’s school, in your church and other places you frequent. Use carbon monoxide detector badges to foster an awareness of potential carbon monoxide exposure and as an indicator of CO gas in the vicinity.

CO detector badges have an adhesive strip on the back and can be mounted almost anywhere in your home or office. The CO detector badge contains an orange-reddish sensor in the middle and changes color to dark red, gray and black in the presence of carbon monoxide. The detector badges should be mounted on the instrument panel of your vehicle including cars, boats, planes, forklifts and near gasoline powered electrical generators. Because of the engine noise inside of plane and boat cockpits, a detector badge mounted on the instrument panel may be the only effective way to detect CO gas as an audible alarm may not be able to be heard.

Also, if you plan to use a gasoline powered generator during power outages caused by hurricanes, snow storms, etc., be sure to have several detector badges located around your home or building to have a visible indicator of CO gas in the area.

Employees who work in areas where fossil fuels are used should attach a CO detector badge to a badge clip an affix them to their shirt, blouse, jacket, vest, etc. A list of types of companies that use or should use CO detector badges follows:

  • Mining Companies
  • Airlines and Airports
  • Marinas and Shipping Companies
  • Distribution and Shipping Companies
  • Factories and Office Buildings
  • Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents
  • HVAC Technicians, Plumbers, Electricians
  • Marketing, Promotional Companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Magazine and Other Publishers
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Hospitals, Schools, Churches, Auditoriums, Public Facilities, etc.
  • Government and Military Installations
  • Restaurants

Employees should be trained to periodically look at their detector and the detectors of their coworkers to make sure the detector sensor has not changed color, which indicates the presence of carbon monoxide gas. The carbon monoxide detectors have a shelf life of two to three years in the unopened cellophane package. Once opened, they are effective for 90 days. If activated by CO gas, they can be reused by placing the detector in fresh air for a few minutes until the sensor has returned to the orange-reddish color.

Carbon monoxide detector badges are an inexpensive way to promote awareness of CO gas and indicate its presence in the area. The detector badges are effective and easy to use, for even the youngest children. CO detector badges should be used in every area where fossil fuels are used to guard against this silent killer that can snatch a life without the victim even being aware of what is happening to them.

You may save yourself, your loved ones, employees or customers by implementing a complete carbon monoxide safety plan and including CO detector badges as part of the basic safety equipment. Visit Carbon Monoxide Safety for more information and Carbon Monoxide Safety Products to begin ensuring your home, building or vehicle is safe from CO gas.

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Using Custom Imprinted Promotional Carbon Monoxide Detectors To Increase Sales

Custom Imprinted Promotional Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Model cP2CSIn 2004, The Heyn Company, one of the original home inspection companies, was looking for a way to get new customers and start a relationship with their existing customers. Home inspection companies typically attracted customers through telephone book ads, realtors and word of mouth. The calls coming from telephone book ads were starting to dwindle as customers searched for inspectors on the Internet or had their realtors handle the scheduling.

Also, the Heyn clientele only spoke to the company when scheduling the inspection or only spoke to the inspector in the field. There was no follow up or communication with the customer of any kind after the inspection.

Facing stiff competition from a growing number of competitors, The Heyn Company began looking for a way to establish better relationships with their customers, after the inspection. Since referrals from realtors and customers resulted in approximately 25% of sales, Heyn management figured it was easier to develop more referrals from happy customers and realtors than to continue spending valuable resources on other very expensive, but low return advertising activities.

Heyn management created a post-sales marketing program that consisted of mailing a package to the customer and both the selling and listing realtors. The package consisted of a postage paid survey card, a thank you card and a post card with advertising for other services and the referral gift program (newly created also). The Heyn people also wanted to attach a small thank you gift for the customer, but the gift had to fit in the 3″ x 5″ envelope.

Heyn contacted InspectUSA.com (who had by then become the owner of The Heyn Company, but kept separate offices and organizations) to find out if they sold any product that could fit in the envelope and make a nice gift. Heyn also asked if there was a way to attach the Heyn Company name on the product as well, figuring it would nice to have a sticker on the product to remind customers who gave them the gift.

InspectUSA.com marketing staff immediately recommended the Custom Imprinted Carbon Monoxide Detectors. The detectors were flat and 2¼” x 2¼”. They would easily fit into the envelope. Plus they could be professionally imprinted with The Heyn Company logo and web site address. Also, the detectors are a safety device and would surely be useful to the customers.

The Heyn Company immediately ordered 1000 custom imprinted detectors and began to design an attractive and functional post-sale gift package. They decided to glue the detector directly to the advertisement post card and place it inside the envelope with the thank you and survey cards. All together the envelope weighed less than two ounces, so it was very cost effective to mail.

After each inspection, Heyn office staff prepared thank you packages for each customer and the respective sales and listing realtors. They were mailed the day after the inspection. The office staff also told the customer and/or the realtor, during the scheduling of the inspection, that a thank you package would arrive a few days after the inspection. Usually, by the following week the completed surveys would arrive back at the office. Office staff would then contact the realtors and customers to discuss any comments documented on the survey cards.

After the program had been running for several months, The Heyn Company discovered that realtors, who usually only booked one inspection with Heyn, began scheduling more frequently. Many realtors were thrilled that a home inspection company would send a handwritten thank you note after the sale. The carbon monoxide detectors became a conversation starter and Heyn received frequent requests for more detectors.

Customers also would call to thank the office staff for the thank you gift and pledge to refer Heyn Company to their relatives and friends. Sales from referrals increased approximately 5% the first year and eventually rose to become approximately 65% of total sales. The total cost of running the marketing program cost roughly 8% of total new sales.

But, aside from the increase in overall revenue, Heyn Company was able to establish many strong and lasting relationships with customers and realtors, which resulted in more referrals and sales of the company’s other services and products.

The result was more business, increased revenues, better customer relationships and an increased ability to weather the tumultuous real estate market that drove many home inspection companies out of business.

To learn more about how Custom Imprinted Carbon Monoxide Detectors can help your business grow, contact the InspectUSA.com Sales Team.

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