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Carbon Monoxide - The Invisible Killer

Even though we are hopeful that winter is almost behind us, there will still be plenty of chilly nights requiring the use of our furnaces, room heaters, and fireplaces.


Carbon monoxide, or CO, known as the “Invisible Killer”, is odorless and invisible. Burning fuel such as wood, gas, kerosene, charcoal, and oil will naturally produce carbon monoxide. When heating appliances are kept well-ventilated and maintained, the level of carbon monoxide produced will not be dangerous. However, if they are not operating correctly, they can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can kill an entire family while they sleep and even while they are awake.

The following appliances produce some level of CO:

  • Charcoal burners
  • Cooking/kitchen ranges
  • Engines (ex. Generators or Cars running idling a garage to warm up)
  • Fireplaces
  • Furnaces
  • Portable generators
  • Room heaters
  • Water heaters
  • Wood burning stoves

According to the Center for Disease Control, “CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned by breathing it.”

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include confusion, dizziness, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Even low levels of carbon monoxide can lead to symptoms such as headaches, shortness of breath, and nausea. Carbon monoxide alarms are more common in the early evening hours, peaking around 8:00 p.m.

In addition to annual inspections and carefully maintaining your appliances, carbon monoxide detectors are highly recommended for both home and office safety. Tasco Security can install CO detection devices and monitor your home and office, notifying you of a poisonous buildup before it becomes a threat, whether you’re on the premises or not.  

Tasco Security custom designs every security system to fit the individual customers’ concerns and needs, including monitoring for fire, burglary, low temperature, generator failure, boiler failure, CO detection, and more.

Contact Tasco today at 800-546-5552 to schedule a free security assessment for your home or business.

Tasco Security has been providing peace of mind security solutions to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont for over 59 years

Lights, Camera, Action! - The Latest in Security Camera Technology

Camera technology in the security industry has come a long way over the past few years and it continues to improve and advance. Protecting your home or business requires knowing what is going on the moment it happens and nothing works better for that than a camera system.

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CCTV (closed circuit TV) systems provide peace of mind with real time monitoring, deterrence of unwanted events, and an audit trail of activity that can be used for management or prosecution if needed. The data collected can be stored for days, weeks, or even months. In addition, the data can be archived or downloaded for future use.

Activity can be conveniently monitored through a smart phone or web browser, allowing you to see in real time when a package is delivered, who entered the office during the night shift, if the driveway was plowed, or check in on the babysitter.

Studies show that people tend to behave when they know they are being watched, so the installation of a camera system can inherently provide deterrence of unwanted events.

Real time monitoring can be used to watch a property, an area of your business, a business process, or the activity of employees. Business camera systems can provide video evidence of crimes, increase employee productivity, reduce theft inside and outside of the business, and can supplement other security measures.

Residential camera systems are often used to monitor second homes, unattended service people, babysitters, elderly relatives, or children. The ability to monitor these situations remotely affords people the freedom to live their lives with the peace of mind that they are in control of what is happening when they can't be there.

Security cameras are only half of the video surveillance equation. To truly integrate security camera feeds into your system, Tasco Security offers numerous types of devices that give you flexible viewing and recording features.

At Tasco Security, we identify what your needs are and recommend the most appropriate camera surveillance system for your property. With our professional installation and service we can ensure that you have the best quality products that suit your needs.

Contact Tasco today at 800-546-5552 to schedule a free security assessment for your home or business.

Tasco Security has been providing peace of mind security solutions to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont for over 59 years.