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Traveling? Don’t Forget This Life-Saving Device

by | Jan 31, 2017 | Health

All set for your big excursion? Let’s see, do you have your toothbrush? An extra pair of socks? Phone charger?

And what about your life-saving, portable carbon monoxide detector?

Didn’t make your travel list, right? It’s perfectly understandable. Most folks aren’t worried about the air quality at their final destination—they’re just worried about getting there! But air quality should be a priority, regardless of where you are and regardless of how unlikely dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning may seem.

The sad reality is air quality continues to be an issue around the world and not every place we visit will have taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their guests—at least when it comes to the air they breathe.

Take, for instance, the lodging industry here in the United States. According to the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), only twelve states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under statute. That means that over two-thirds of states are not required to have devices in place to detect toxins such as carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. (You don’t even want to know how few states require these devices in schools)

Although leaks are extremely rare in hotels, particularly because not every room has its own heating device, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning has occurred in the past and will continue to be a risk in the future. Take the troubling case in Boone, North Carolina, for example. In 2013, three guests reportedly died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the same room within months of each other. The source of the gas was apparently a nearby swimming pool heater that had not been inspected for more than a decade.

Following the tragedies, the North Carolina legislature quickly passed a law mandating a carbon monoxide detector in all lodging establishments though the state’s hotels were (and presumably still are) slow to comply.

But what about all the other lodgings out there that may or may not have carbon dioxide detectors standard in every room? How many other hotels/motels might be negligent in their pool maintenance? How sure can you really be that the air you’re breathing is safe?

However unlikely a carbon monoxide buildup may be, it can’t be worth risking your life or the lives of your friends and family on a gamble.

This is when it’s absolutely critical to have a durable carbon monoxide detector with you at all times. After all, regardless of if you’re traveling extensively for work, taking a much-needed vacation, or simply getting away for the weekend, your thoughts need to be elsewhere—not worrying about the air that you breathe.

That’s where SPARROW wearable air monitors come into the picture. In addition to measuring things like temperature and air pressure, SPARROW devices measure carbon monoxide wherever you are and tracks this environmental data in the accompanying smartphone app.

You can simply clip the monitor to your luggage, clothes, purse, bike, stroller; heck—you can even place it in your car if you’re going on a road trip. With customizable alerts, SPARROW and its app will be able to alert you—as well as notifying others—in the event of an emergency.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to monitor for carbon monoxide wherever you go as airborne toxins are abound throughout the world. With SPARROW monitors in hand, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing the only thing you have to worry about is dealing with a bad case of wanderlust.

About The Author

Reed Crossley

A self-proclaimed 'solar evangelist,' Reed Crossley spent several years in the solar industry before embracing his inner (green)techie and starting CleanFortunes. When he isn't playing editor-in-chief and reading/writing about innovation in sustainability tech, Reed is usually out gallivanting around Austin in his Oru Kayak and/or championing global climate action. He's also definitely NOT wearing a fake mustache to impress his beloved readers.


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