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Gas line leaks. Gas water heaters. Generators. Space heaters.

So you should definitely have a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have any appliances that are not electric and that burn natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood, coal, or other fuels, or if you have a home with an attached garage. What Carbon Monoxide is and Why You Need a Detector Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and toxic gas produced as a by-product of combustion. Any fuel burning appliance, vehicle, tool or other device has the potential to produce dangerous levels of CO gas. Often called “the silent killer”, CO, or carbon monoxide should be on your radar when it comes to keeping your family safe. If your home has any gas appliance such as a gas stove, gas.

Some portable heaters use fossil fuels and may require appropriate ventilation and the installation of a carbon monoxide detector. Since carbon monoxide is. A carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the gas before it reaches dangerous levels. Simply put Carbon Monoxide will kill you in your sleep. Although they may look and sound similar, CO alarms and smoke alarms are designed and intended to detect two separate, distinct hazards.

Therefore, to help protect your family from both hazards, it’s important to install both UL Listed CO alarms and smoke detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors work by noticing the gas that people can’t smell or see. These detectors are very sensitive, especially the Kidde carbon monoxide alarm, but they also have. It’s not usually a problem because it dissipates harmlessly in the open air. If you have a traditional fireplace or have other things in your home that produce carbon monoxid.

A high percentage of people die of carbon monoxide poisoning while they are sleeping, making it important to have a detector in or near your bedroom. You want to know the presence of. Carbon monoxide detectors are the fastest way to prevent CO poisoning. You can install a carbon monoxide detector (or multiple detectors) in your home.

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Because severe CO poisoning can starve the tissues of oxygen, causing brain damage, myocardial infarction, or death, using carbon monoxide detectors (much like smoke detectors) is an affordable and sensible precaution.

“Visualizing Human Biology” by Kathleen A. Ireland
from Visualizing Human Biology
by Kathleen A. Ireland
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Some alarms are manufactured to detect the presence of carbon monoxide as well as smoke; it is important to explain the function of each alarm when these dual-purpose alarms are present.

“Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills” by Iafc
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by Iafc
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2018

Some alarms are manufactured to detect the presence of smoke as well as carbon monoxide; it is important to explain the function of each alarm when these dual-purpose alarms are present.

“Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills” by Iafc
from Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills
by Iafc
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The first carbon monoxide detectors were unpopular in inner cities as there was a higher background level in the atmosphere, and this was sufficient to trigger the detector after a few weeks with as little as 15ppm in the air.

“Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases” by John Emsley, Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain)
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In lieu of a carbon monoxide alarm, a carbon monoxide detector may be provided at any location where coverage is required, provided that such carbon monoxide detector is part of a system that causes an alarm to sound at such location when carbon monoxide is detected at such location.

“Residential Code of New York State, 2010 Edition” by New York (State), International Code Council, New York (State). Division of Code Enforcement and Administration
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The detector cells are fitted with the gas that is to be measured such as carbon monoxide.

“Thermal Engineering” by Rudramoorthy
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Because of its toxicity and risk of formation in highly air-tight buildings, the Building Regulations now require that carbon monoxide monitors or alarms be placed in rooms containing fuel burning appliances that draw combustion air from the room.

“Faber & Kell's Heating and Air-Conditioning of Buildings” by Doug Oughton, Steve Hodkinson, Richard M Brailsford
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A carbon monoxide detector is absolutely essential in a home with a gas heating and hot-water system or other gas appliances.

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Residential carbon monoxide detectors are designed to sound an audible or visual alarm when the concentration of carbon monoxide becomes high enough to pose a health risk to the occupants of the building.

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Less familiar and, therefore, more dangerous sources of carbon monoxide are faulty furnaces, water heaters, and kerosene heaters.

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  • I have gas appliances with gas furnace. I have three carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms spread out upstairs and downstairs of the house. This is the second time I’ve smelled a burning smell coming from the heating vents in the home in 2 months. The first time the landlord came over to change and look at the furnace. He said it looks fine.

  • Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air not lighter it has heavy metals in it making it heavy.
    https://healthybuildingscience.com/2013/02/22/carbon-monoxide-facts/ How many people are posting incorrect information and endangering peoples lives!?

  • Друзья помогайте с этим датчиком. Валялся он у меня в доме в режиме ожидания, все нормально, проверил подымив на него сигаретным дымом работает исправно. Принес его в баню, положил на полку в комнате отдыха на высотк 1,5 метра и забыл про него. Печь у меня топится из комнаты отдыха. Сегодня с друзьями баньку топили, напарились, насиделись, курили в той же комнате отдыха с приоткрытым окном. Датчик молчал. Затем все разошлись и пошел прибираться в парилке (листья с полу от веника собрать). Из комнаты отдыха сначала нужно зайти в душевую а из душевой в саму парилку. Дак вот…. Открыл парилку начал прибираться, поток горячего воздуха хлынул через душевую в комнату отдыха. Слышу запищал датчик. Прихожу смотрю показывает значение 790!!! Взял его в руку заношу в парилку датчик как сумашедший пищит и показывает значения так же 790. Я чо то очканул))) Бане всего то 1,5 года. Топлю по 3раза в неделю, головокружений не замечал никто ниразу. Что это может означать? Если есть у кого возможность произвести подобный эксперимент в парилке? Я реально на панике) Или это глюк какой то датчика?

  • Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air not lighter it has heavy metals in it making it heavy.
    https://healthybuildingscience.com/2013/02/22/carbon-monoxide-facts/ How many people are posting incorrect information and endangering peoples lives!?

  • Congratulations: this badly-flawed “test” is being used by anti-science lunatics “Peter and Pete” to support the idea that CO detectors are bogus, and shouldn’t be installed in homes at all.

  • All of these so-called carbon monoxide alarms are pieces of crap and completely useless if you really want to protect your brain, health, or life from carbon monoxide poisoning. They’re completely insensitive to lower levels of CO, which can do insidious damage to your body and brain. If you place one of them near a gas oven that’s spewing CO from its vent into your kitchen, they don’t even register its presence.

  • I can eliminate carbon monoxide. Systems gas is 8% inefficient. The worse proven savings is 7%. That’s 1%
    margin of error. Any kid can put the clamp on the pipe, portable, never wears out, obviously it pays for itself
    in gas savings over & over again. Propane too. These are 108 for a commercial application, and 160 for the
    residential model. Want one? email [email protected] hotmail.com Subject line; ( Fuel saver collar. )

  • So this is mean that We must test it ourselves first to be Sure it will work for Everyday used….. Mass productions products is Not Guarantee.

  • I do maintenance and repair in peoples homes. what about the combo units. They are mounted high off the floor as per instructions. But I hear carbon detectors should be low. So what is the real story with this? I already inform customers we need to replace smoke detectors when they are 5 to 10 years old. The new ones lean on 10 due to the battery is none replaceable. If they have paint on them they need replacing. I sure would love to have some real concise information so I can stand as a professional on this topic.

  • Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air not lighter it has heavy metals in it making it heavy.
    @t How many people are posting incorrect information and endangering peoples lives!?

  • Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air not lighter it has heavy metals in it making it heavy.
    @t How many people are posting incorrect information and endangering peoples lives!?

  • Keep in mind, the Test button does not apply to whether the Units sensor is working, only that the unit is powered. Honeywell sells CO units starting at $100. It’s expensive because that’s the cost of making the functioning ones. Just think about how much your health or memory is worth.

  • Smoke detector works fine>>> ur2.pl/984 it can detect smoke and vapor easily even from my vape Easy installation The plastic looks good Packaging need some blood ritual (the plastic is sharp and can use to cut shushi) Easy set up on Smart thing hub. Much noisier than my wife once smoke detected (Humor only) Easy battery detection on smart thing apps

  • In a 2 meter area in my house i have a carbon monoxide alarm and a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm so if one does not go off the other one will

  • That’s a scary thought. I have 3 Kidde brands in my home. 2 downstairs 1 upstairs. One of them is a fire + carbon monoxide detector, And that one talks. They all have new batteries and blink green so I hope they work so far winter is almost over (Regarding gas furnace.) But also have a gas stove. So far everything is good.

  • My mom was cooking earlier in the morning and the 4 continuous beeps went off and I told her but she said it was the cooking. The window was open already and she turned on the AC as well. I opened the alarm because it said to for further instructions and the sound stopped. Later on we went to the park for a few hours and came back so

  • I live in a small small office room and i am now being forced to share it with my nephew…. The room has no ventilation and idk how much carbon dioxide we are both building up in here

  • Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air not lighter it has heavy metals in it making it heavy.
    @t How many people are posting incorrect information and endangering peoples lives!?

  • Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air not lighter it has heavy metals in it making it heavy.
    @t How many people are posting incorrect information and endangering peoples lives!?

  • Question my brother left his compressor running out side and we turned it off but there were no fire or anything, but i do feel semi light headed then again it is 1 am, should i be worried?

    Our alarm upstairs went off only and it was in 5 to 7 minutes intervals of chirps im going yo attempt to change the batteries but idk it stopped going off

  • CO is most dangerous in winter. Because it accumulates and has nowhere to escape since the house is sealed, and people spend more time indoor will feel the effects sooner than other times. Old people are very susseptible, think how many died of CO and everyone thought it was old age. Replace old furneses, and water heaters. CO may not always kill you, but it will do long term damage to your mental health, and will affect your body on a cellular level with long term random health effects.

  • My understanding is that CO gas is heavier then air, so what is the point of purchasing fire smoke detector and CO combo tester when one tests it by the ceiling (smoke) and the other by the floor (CO)?

  • You mean to say the CSA actually does testing, from what I’ve heard they take the word of the manufacturer, otherwise, it would require brains.

  • This “test” was about as useless as it gets. Five of the seven that alarmed late or not at all were 14+ years old and the other two were 7+ years old. It’s no wonder they failed. It’s common knowledge that CO detectors should be replaced every five years or so. This was just “news” sensationalism.

  • Thank You, wish My landlord would put one in for My Fam. We don’t even have a Smoke alarm. Our furnace keeps turning on and off. No heat whatsoever. ��

  • Are you people retarded? This was on the news? You’re using detectors designed for carbon MONoxide, to test carbon DIoxide. CO vs CO2. Huge difference folks. Those firefighters should have been able to tell you how monoxide differs from dioxide. Monoxide binds to hemoglobin in your blood instantly, and slowly reduces the oxygen level being routed in your blood. Dioxide also smells and is visible as a byproduct of combustion. Monoxide does not, and is why your HVAC technicians are insured, and why the gas is treated to smell like eggs, but when combusted, is odorless. Or should be. Monoxide is very very dangerous as you’ll rarely catch the symptoms before passing out forever.

    Jesus, people really are idiots these days

  • Very professionally done Vance. I would not likely be living now right typing this had it not been for a CO detector we used in our home in Edmonton many years ago. We had a safety meeting (I’ve been retired for 12 years now) and the physical properties of carbon monoxide were discussed including the fact that carbon monoxide is heavier than air. So, I found a spot low on the wall by the fireplace and installed it there. It was in the cold of winter and we used the fireplace all the time to reduce the heating bill, which it did substantially. This evening was extremely cold. I loaded the fireplace up and choked the damper back like I always did, but at 6 AM, the co detector squealed like it was hailing someone from the dead. I did as you suggested and vented the place (oh, by the way, the reading on the detector was 162 ppm!!!!!) and then called the gas company. They were there in minutes. The furnace checked out fine. He got a reading of zero. He went back to the truck and talked to his foreman. It seemed that as the fire died down, the flue got colder and colder. Once the warmth could no longer escape the chimney, the frigid air (it was almost minus 40) acted like a lid on a teapot and the smoking embers backed up into the room setting off the alarm. SINCE, not if, but SINCE carbon monoxide is heavier than air, how hoes it make any sense at all to have one in a smoke alarm and put it on the ceiling?? By the time it registers the carbon monoxide, like mine DID, it may very well be too late. Just curious.

  • I would go test ours in a similar fashion they did but don’t have an oxygen mask. Guess Ill instead do it by burning some brush sprayed with water and holding it over the smoldering fire. Also car exaust can ruin the sensor.

  • Все хорошо,но неплохо бы выложить как он реагирует на угарный газ от бытового газового оборудования(проточные водонагреватели,котлы) и как у него с чувствительностью.

  • добрый день.
    ваш прибор запоминает значение концентрации  CO  при срабатывании тревоги, и показывает ли его при нажатии на кнопку?