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Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: June 27, 2020 02:24PM
I'm going to be redoing my home security system. Since the 30+ years old system is going to be replaced by either Simplisafe or Ring the topic of smoke detectors has come up and most seem to include CO detectors.

What is the MRF Hivemind thought on the necessity of CO detectors? If it matters my heat and stove are gas.



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 27, 2020 02:33PM
CO or CO2

CO is must.
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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: June 27, 2020 02:49PM
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CO or CO2

CO is must.

learning. guess it's just CO. and why is it a must?



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 27, 2020 03:03PM
If you have any fuel fired appliances in your house, you should have at least one CO detector. In some states, it's a code requirement.

It's a must as an improperly operating fuel fired appliance may create CO within your house. CO is lethal.
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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: June 27, 2020 03:09PM
Mandatory in California since 2013 for houses with the aforementioned appliances (natural gas). Last time I refinanced, the appraisal HAD to include a picture of it.



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 27, 2020 03:11PM
If you use gas, I would definitely use a CO detector. At least one in the kitchen and used bedroom(s) and rooms with a heater.
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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: June 27, 2020 03:35PM
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If you use gas, I would definitely use a CO detector. At least one in the kitchen and used bedroom(s) and rooms with a heater.

okay, that answer my next question - where should it be placed? my gas heat comes out of a vent. the furnace is in the crawl space. is that what you mean by a room with a heater? i grew up in new york where a room with a heater usually meant a radiator or baseboard electric.



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 27, 2020 04:44PM
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Dennis S
If you use gas, I would definitely use a CO detector. At least one in the kitchen and used bedroom(s) and rooms with a heater.

okay, that answer my next question - where should it be placed? my gas heat comes out of a vent. the furnace is in the crawl space. is that what you mean by a room with a heater? i grew up in new york where a room with a heater usually meant a radiator or baseboard electric.

I really don't know. I would call the gas company and ask them. See if they have any rebates or other promotions.
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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 27, 2020 05:26PM
There is a myth that CO is heavier than air and alarms/detectors should be placed lower. Just place it where it is convenient. for around $20-30 you can get some with digital display that will show you the actual concentration and the peak level.

If you have anything burning in your home, don't be a fool and get CO detectors.

Place one in bedroom and one in a hallway. I have 3 or 4 in the old house, I see 3-4 in the new house and I think I will double that number.

I know people who died from CO poisoning. This is more danger than smoke since you don't feel it.

In fact I don't know why they don't use CO when they want to execute someone. That seems simpler than cocktail of lethal injections.
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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 27, 2020 06:16PM
Well, if you need one and you don’t have one you’ll never live to regret it.



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 27, 2020 07:19PM
they are pretty inexpensive, get a few. I have one per floor. I might ad 2 more for a total of 4.

and 6 smoke detectors.



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO2 Detector?
Posted by: davester
Date: June 27, 2020 08:02PM
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Dennis S
If you use gas, I would definitely use a CO detector. At least one in the kitchen and used bedroom(s) and rooms with a heater.

okay, that answer my next question - where should it be placed? my gas heat comes out of a vent. the furnace is in the crawl space. is that what you mean by a room with a heater? i grew up in new york where a room with a heater usually meant a radiator or baseboard electric.

No, you should not put CO or smoke detectors in the kitchen. In fact, fire departments and detector manufacturers specifically recommend against this because it results in false alarms which then causes people to disconnect them. I wouldn't worry too much about the gas stove. It's the water heater and furnace that are the most likely CO emitters. There will be directions on placement in the package...or you can just google it. If you get a combo smoke detector/CO alarm, then it should go in the hallway closest to the bedrooms.



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: June 27, 2020 08:54PM
In this state, both their presence and placement are dictated by law. I'm surprised not all states are like this.

All bedrooms, all hallways and at least one per floor if you don't have those on a floor. Don't put one in the kitchen.




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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 27, 2020 09:00PM
If you have anything burning in your home, don't be a fool and get CO detectors.


Your day job isn't that of a diplomat, is it.

And while I'm no grammarian, your sentence might make more sense as:

If you have anything burning in your home, don't be a fool- get CO detectors.

And as it's gl who demonstrates her smarts by asking for reasoned counsel in the first place, and not some idiot, perhaps a more appropriate response might be:

If you have anything burning in your home, get CO detectors.

Just sayin'.




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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: June 28, 2020 05:07AM
Never had CO detectors, but a few years ago when I replaced all our aging hard-wired smoke detectors, I got the combination smoke-CO detectors. Glad I did.

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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 28, 2020 09:29AM
....will this become CO-dependent......??



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Re: Do I Really Need A CO Detector?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 28, 2020 10:37AM
Might want to consider getting detectors that link together wirelessly. If one goes off, they all go off. Some of them can be programmed to tell you which detector operated.

As mentioned, never put a smoke detector in the kitchen. If you can find a heat detector, that's a great option.
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