coalkirk wrote:Now I will confess I'm a smoke and CO detector freak.
You say that as if it's a character flaw. It's not. When we first bought our house and fired up the coal stove, with the former owner showing me how to do it, he neglected to mention that the flyash hadn't been cleaned out since the beginning of the previous season. Two months later and we were flooded with CO one morning. NO DETECTORS. Luckily (if there is such a thing) it happened in the morning and our alarms went off for work. I got my wife and dogs out of the house, then went back in to see if I could see what was up. At that point, I had no idea what was going on. I'm in the basement, right in front of the stove, which is still belching CO all over the place, when the firemen show up in full gear. They drag me out. I climb into the ambulance with my seven-months-pregnant wife. They drag me out to my own ambulance. The last thing that I heard her say was, "The baby hasn't kicked all morning."
I don't care what you've ever faced, you were never as scared as I was at that moment.
As it all turned out, baby was fine, mom was fine, dad was a wreck, but healthy. Until I peed all over myself in the ER trying to piddle in a plastic bedpan. Twenty-four hours in the hospital sucking pure oxygen, but all's well that ends well, I suppose. The fireman told me that they got CO readings outside of the garage.
Next to the stove, it was off the chart.
There's no such thing as too many CO or smoke detectors.