possible CO problem

Re: possible CO problem

PostBy: steamup On: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:30 am

Bratkinson wrote:I have digital readout CO detectors on each floor. It shows the current reading (usually zero), and with the push of a button, the highest reading since it was last reset. I check the one on the wall near my stove every time I go downstairs. On warmer days, it sometimes gets a reading.

The biggest advantage of a digital reading is that it will show even a very small amount of CO presence. The simple "beep when it's bad" usually don't start beeping until just below the 'fatal' stage. About 2 years ago, I came home to beeping digital CO detectors, but the other CO detectors didn't sound off. The readings were in the 40s on the detectors, and I had a woozy dog.
Had I not had the digital detectors, I would not have been aware of any problems other than a sick dog.

I also have a problem in that I am hard of hearing. Fortunately, I keep my bedroom unheated and a window open all year. About 2 weeks ago, I opened the door to the hallway and was greeted by a chirping CO detector on the hall ceiling. I heard nothing in the bedroom with my hearing aids out. Good thing I keep the window open...

If you are hard of hearing, please get a system with strobes. Have a strobe mounted and detector in the bedroom. Kidde makes smoke and co detctors that can be interconnected and drive strobe lights also. They have to be hard wired in, but all will alarm if anyone detects anything.
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Re: possible CO problem

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:32 am

Iv got a co detector in place it isnt one with a read out. I think the detector was starting to fail its really old i also replaced my other smoke alarm. So i think im good to go that way. thank you all for the input
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Re: possible CO problem

PostBy: ceccil On: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:37 pm

carlherrnstein wrote: i also replaced my other smoke alarm.

I just did the same thing. Replaced all 5 smoke detectors and added an additional CO Detector with digital readout to the 1st floor. The old smoke detectors were approx. 9 yrs. old. Spent about $70 for the six detectors, but it's really a small price to pay for the safety of the family.
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Re: possible CO problem

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:48 pm

You should get a couple with the digital readouts. Replace one after two years and then alternately replace them every 4th year or so. That way you always have one that is less than 2 years old and don't have to worry about the sensors on both going bad. Write the date on them when you get them. They go on sale routinely for about $30.
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