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False Alarms

January 4, 2013 by admin | Category: EducationalComments (0)

False Alarms are part of the life. They are not always false.

We refer to carbon monoxide alarm as a false alarm every time when we are unable to pinpoint the cause of the alarm. This is what it actually is – we are unable.

False alarms is a part of having a Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home. Besides Carbon Monoxide, alarm may sound on many things – cleaning chemicals, mosquito repellents, humidity, power surge, etc. Even when detectors die – most probably they will let you know about this fact with false alarm.

L39-709clThe best way to tell false alarms from justified ones is to have 3 alarms in the house. For example, If you have 2 alarms showing 0 ppm and the third one displaying for a half an hour something out of whack, you can safely accept the reading indicated by 2 alarms as true.

Do not rush to discard the faulty alarm though. Switch alarms. Does the same alarm keeps alarming? Probably it needs replacement.

Try to recall what has happened around that alarm within one hour prior to it went off. Did you use any cleaning chemicals, aerosols? Any power fluctuation? Carpet steam cleaning was done and the alarm is plugged into the outlet close to the floor? There are so many things that can trigger an alarm.

Carbon Monoxide alarms live on average 5 years. Get into a routine of buying a fresh alarm every other year. This way you will always have in the house at least 3 working alarms. When an old alarm starts acting up, just discard it. They are not serviceable.

Another source of false alarms are dual alarms – a combination of Carbon Monoxide alarm with Gas or Smoke alarm in one unit.

It is probably a good idea to also have a gas alarm in the house, especially if your fuel is heavier than air and can hide undetected in the basement, like propane or oil. The trouble is that gas detectors themselves cause a fair amount of false alarms.

Nail polish that your wife used, wine that you pored into simmering meat, glue that your kid used to assemble his toys, bunch of other chemicals can trip a gas alarm off. Smoke detector also may go off for no apparent reason.

When one of the alarms goes off, people often get confused about the cause of the alarm. Keep in mind that alarms may go off at night, or when only children are home. If you want to have the both Carbon Monoxide and Gas alarms in the house, try to at least separate them.

To sum up. The majority of alarm are false. When Carbon Monoxide alarm goes off, the only way to prove the alarm wrong is to compare it against other alarms in good working condition. No matter how many times you have had the alarm false, take every alarm seriously until you have proven it false.

Via CozyWorld.


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