Carbon monoxide detectors - question

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  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    We have a plug-in type of carbon monoxide detector. I bought it two or three years ago and can't find the instruction manual that came with it.
    My question is, do they need to be replaced every so often or are they fine as long as the test alarm functions properly?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I am pretty sure they are like smoke detectors. They are good for a long time, but eventually need to be replaced.
     
  3. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ten years, if I remember correctly for smoke detectors. Don't know for co detectors, couldn't be that different?
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Ive never seen a replace date on them. You should vacuum and test them monthly. You can test them with a cigarette to.
     
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  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    I didn't think the plug-in type needed to be replaced because they don't use batteries. [​IMG] Or does yours have a back-up battery incase of power outages?
     
  6. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    I know here you can take it to the local fire station and they will gladly check it for you

    aside from a vacuum once a month and test every 6 months i think they are fine, but call the local fire dept see if they test them
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Thanks. I'll have my DH ask one of the firefighters. Don't know why I didn't think of that before.
     
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I was a firemen for 13 years an never saw a fire department that had a way to test them. I'm sure they make a tester but odds are they just use a cigarette.
     
  9. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    Testing A Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Most CO detectors have a test button that should be pressed once a week to confirm that the device is in operation. Detectors with displays can be tested with a known source of CO such as smoke from a cigarette or incense stick. Hold the CO source about 8-10 inches away and watch the digital display respond to the presence of even a small amount of CO. BUT an alarm will most likely not sound with this test.

    There are CO detector test kits available, where CO detectors are sold, that provide a vial of high level of CO (1000 ppm) and a plastic tent to house the unit during the test. This test only proves that your detector will sound an alarm with a very high level of CO.


    this is what i just found on a government of canada website

    http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/maho/yohoyohe/inaiqu/inaiqu_002.cfm
     

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