Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Alarms Great Webpage

wdk450

Well-known member
Gang:
I have been having a SERIOUS discussion with my older brother and his wife about a possible CO situation in their house. When asked if they had a working CO detector in their house, I was told that "it kept beeping off, so we threw it out". I think that this was possibly a combo CO-Smoke detector and they didn't sense any smoke. My brother has been having a series of chronic health issues over the past couple years that we attributed to his aging, but now he has had strong emotional health issues, too. A lot of this correlates with low CO exposure. They have told me about a gas water heater that is somehow under the house. I told them to immediately get a CO alarm, get the Gas company out to inspect all gas appliances for CO production/leakage, and did some website searching of CO webpages to send them.

I found this EXCELLENT webpage on the dangers of CO, the dangers of low level CO, and all sorts of stuff on the CO detectors. https://sdinspect.com/health-and-safety/new-law-regarding-carbon-monoxide-detectors/

I also found this low cost CO "sniffer" detector with a numeric value readout: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carbon-Mon...121465&hash=item5448c3defc:g:48kAAOSw7GRZMlmv

This is one of those RV safety things that we need to think about on an occasional, regular basis. Maybe like the Fire departments recommend, twice a year at clock time change dates. I think it would be neat to maybe set up an RV safety checklist to go through on those twice yearly dates. Safety alarms (remember that these alarms have a limited effective lifetime); electrical chassis leakage and wiring connections at the breaker box and other high amperage points; propane gas pressure leak down test; propane refrigerator outside panel inspection for safety and refrigerant leakage; tires and suspension; what else can the collective Heartland brain think of???
 

porthole

Retired
CO detectors - if anyone doesn't know, you should be aware of a fairly large recent CO detector recall by Kidde

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms

https://s3.amazonaws.com/inmar-adx-...ife+Recall+CPSC+Press+Release+Nov+10+2016.pdf


Dual sensor smoke alarms

https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com/


Plus if you haven't checked yet, there is a Kidde fire extinguisher that goes back to the 1970's

http://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/

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Anyone that has a pesky CO detector should consider two things:
1) it is faulty
2) it is acting correctly and you have a problem.


Consider the average CO detector costs less then $40
Consider the average Fire Department 4 gas meter costs less then $1000, but way more then the $40 box store CO detector.

Our 4 gas meters get checked daily and calibrated monthly. And when the sensors reach their working age the units get serviced (the gas sensors work similar to batteries and wear out).


If in doubt I would suggest calling the FD out, let them check with their higher end equipment.

And when we are in doubt or find a problem - we call out the experts, the local utility company.
 

JohnDar

Prolifically Gabby Member
CO detectors - if anyone doesn't know, you should be aware of a fairly large recent CO detector recall by Kidde

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms

https://s3.amazonaws.com/inmar-adx-...ife+Recall+CPSC+Press+Release+Nov+10+2016.pdf


Dual sensor smoke alarms

https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com/


Plus if you haven't checked yet, there is a Kidde fire extinguisher that goes back to the 1970's

http://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/

- - - Updated - - -

Anyone that has a pesky CO detector should consider two things:
1) it is faulty
2) it is acting correctly and you have a problem.


Consider the average CO detector costs less then $40
Consider the average Fire Department 4 gas meter costs less then $1000, but way more then the $40 box store CO detector.

Our 4 gas meters get checked daily and calibrated monthly. And when the sensors reach their working age the units get serviced (the gas sensors work similar to batteries and wear out).


If in doubt I would suggest calling the FD out, let them check with their higher end equipment.

And when we are in doubt or find a problem - we call out the experts, the local utility company.

Most, if not all, smoke and CO detectors will sound if you neglected to change the batteries and they are getting weak. The majority of residential calls we answer are because of old batteries or old detectors. We are not complacent responding to these calls because there have been enough where our meters ramped up as soon as we entered.

The batteries in our BH detectors get changed at the start of each summer season and removed when the rig goes into winter storage. The used ones get recycled into the LED candles the wife has in our house until they quit.


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Daley07

Member
I used this MTI Industries’ 35-742-BL Dual RV LP/CO Alarm and it's an excellent choice. I can install easily. This device can detect both gas leaks and CO gas at the same time. It has a plug-in 12V power source, so I won’t ever need to replace any dead batteries. Besides that, this product can withstand the rugged environment of an RV and function at any temperature between 40 F and 158 F. Therefore, I feel fine when I travel.
 
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