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© Jenelle Botts Photography, 2021

My shift from advocate to activist was unexpected – but I realized very quickly there are few of us uniquely qualified to tell this story, to do this work. Advocates can be taught, but activists – it's personal to us. That's why we fight so damn hard. But we can't do it without the help of advocates – willing to be boots on the ground to start local conversations.

Nikki James Zellner, activist and mom

UNDERSTAND THE DEVICES

WHAT IS A

CARBON MONOXIDE

MONITOR?

A CO monitor "measures" CO and shows you the CO ppm in the air around your device on a digital display. It can be portable, wearable and should be in the hands of every maintenance team member throughout the day. A CO monitor will not alert, only measure, but is extremely critical when responding to suspected equipment issues or  malfunctioning systems that are, in fact, toxic emergency situations.

WHAT IS A

CARBON MONOXIDE

ALARM?

A CO alarm is what most people refer to and think of as 'a detector.'  It is a stand alone device – typically plug in or battery operated (or both) – with sensor/audible alert used in single rooms or residential properties. It 'alerts' with a loud chirping sound when CO accumulates to a certain level, over a certain amount of time based on manufacturer settings. It does not alert authorities, only the people around the alarm itself.

WHAT IS A

CARBON MONOXIDE

DETECTION SYSTEM?

A CO Detection System is an integrated system of detectors (often tied to a central dashboard or fire system) that can alert building administrators and emergency personnel when any detector in the network senses an issue. These are often hardwired into a building's security or emergency response system, allowing first responders to be notified should building occupants not be able to call 911.