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Yikes. Always make sure your hot water heater and furnace are properly vented to outside, and remember that a $25 device can save your life. For maximum peace of mind, place a carbon monoxide detector in the main living area and in each bedroom.
Just a heads up those instant propane heaters produce large quantities of CO. I have one in my van and am only willing to use it with the window wide open and the exhaust fan on 100%.
Could be worth grabbing a CO monitor with a ppm readout like this one [link]
Personally with this history I’d order a battery only alarm that has an LCD display on amazon so that you can verify that the CO level is zero.
I’d also contact the fire dept on there non-emergency line and tell this same story. I bet they will help with rechecks and solving the problem.
Something is very unusual.
The model I have has been obsoleted but it's basically this one:
It's definitely bigger than I'd prefer, but when I was researching it just seemed like the small/portable ones seemed more focused on marketing and branding, and at least Kidde makes standard home detectors. It's battery powered on standard AA batteries, so that makes it a bit more travel-friendly (don't have to source lithium batteries, can use rechargeables).
If you're living out of one backpack, that's a lot of space to take up, but if you're carrying a suitcase or something it's manageable.
Yes. Not as good as $100 industrial ones, but better than paper ones. May not alert you as quickly for low level CO exposure, but I'm more concerned about high concentration that would make me pass out. I use this $20 CO alarm from Amazon.
> it is designed to sound at 85 decibels at 10 feet when it detects 70 ppm (parts per million) of CO for 60 to 240 minutes, 150 ppm for 10 to 50 minutes, or 400 ppm for 4 to 15 minutes. The easily visible digital display indicates the level of CO that the unit is sensing, and it updates the status every 15 seconds for timely and accurate readings
It's bulkier than the $100 ones made for industrial use, and in my flight bag the self-test button sometimes get depressed and it lets out a ear piercing beep (on the up side, the alarm is definitely loud enough to be heard in a piston plane).
I just picked one up myself b/c I had a house fire about a year ago, and am living in a friends basement, and about 2 months ago the smoke alarm went off at 4:30 b/c my friend was drying something big and I guess it overloaded the dryer. I realized that it was only a smoke and not CO detector, so I decided to buy a battery powered one to protect myself
CAUTION: don't read the reviews on CO detectors, as they seem to oscillate between "This worked great and saved my life" and "This doesn't work, stuck it by my running car tailpipe and failed to sound"
In the end, I got this one b/c it had the highest reviews on rating websites: [link]
Here, try this CO detector. I feel like this would be a good option for now and to save for later.
This right here. Cheap and easy to install, everyone should have one if they have any gas/wood appliances. I've got this dude near my bedrooms.
I have a Kidde as well. It is very highly ranked on Amazon with thousands of positive reviews. this one
>1) My bird is kept in the living room which is next to the kitchen and when I turn my oven on to preheat you can sort of smell the propane as it gets going, we turn the stove vent on so it doesn't come one that strong I'm just wondering if this is a concern
Budgiefacedkiller answered everything well. I can't really add to any of it but this. I bought a carbon monoxide detector because like you, my parrots are close enough to the kitchen that I didn't want to have an accident. It's not very likely that our stove/oven will spring a leak, but better safe than sorry.
OP please take note of this post. This happens a LOT. Get this checked today RIGHT NOW. Anxiety and dizziness are absolutely CLASSIC symptoms of CO poisoning. Do not drive the car again unless the windows are completely down and only to drive it to the garage to get repaired. This could literally kill you today.
Then I would pick up a portable CO detector like this: https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-Battery-Operated-Monoxide-KN-Copp-B-LPM/dp/B004Y6V5CI and take it with you in the car for a while. Then once you're done, just use it in your home. It's less than $20 and WELL worth it for peace of mind to make sure the repair is done right.
Please take this seriously.
I got about 60 of the 1 lb canisters and 2 of the 20 lb tanks in one of these deck boxes:
The two 20 lbs go in a corner each, and then the 1 lbs are arranged around them on the floor. Then I cut a piece of plywood in the shape of the inside of the deck box, with cutouts for the two 20 lb tanks, to make a second story which is laid on top of the first layer of 1 lb canisters. Then I get a second layer of the 1 lbs in there, and it's about 60 of those plus 2 x 20 lbs, makes approx 100 lbs total, give or take. It's been a couple of years now, and they seem to last very well in there. I also keep some adaptors and hoses so I can hook the 20 lbs up to the Little Buddy heaters and the propane stove etc. I keep the deck box on the lower deck behind the house in a spot under the upper deck so that it doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. I think it's probably better if it doesn't get too hot. Also, if anything leaks, then propane is heavier than air, so you want the path to be away from the house, not down into your crawlspace or basement. Finally I recently got a "WARNING PROPANE" sticker (from Amazon) for the firemen should there ever be a fire around my house. They should know about that amount of propane, for obvious reasons.
One last thing: Consider getting a couple of battery powered carbon monoxide detectors, just for peace of mind, e.g.
You would be suprised, one of my clients upgraded their smoke alarms to smoke/CO alarms and the alarm went off that night in only the 3rd floor bedrolm
I found a crack in their boilers exaust pipe in the basement, the CO was traveling up the inside of the wall to the 3rd n floor.....
The crack was caused by the company that installed the boiler.....12 YEARS AGO......
I would buy a CO meter, or have Building Maintenance have the CO level checked
Here are 2 inexpensive meter/alarm
I use this one: [link]
We use a dumb fire/CO combo alarm in our garage shop that DOES go off occasionally. We use the digital readout one in the house but sometimes I will bring it to the garage for verification. CO isn't usually an issue but it REALLY depends on the vehicle and how long its been running. 5min with a 1964 car, yeah it certainly could of been CO.
We had a friend bring over a very beat up $400 80s volvo and pulled it into our heated work garage for a few things as it was below freezing outside. This is a 700sqft area with a single stall door garage door and some windows. After 45min the dumb CO detector goes off, but none of us really felt off. CO detectors have a time based alarm based on CO levels. They go off sooner the higher the CO. I open the doors and windows and bring out the digital one. It showed 40ppm which is abnormal, but it went down slowly over the next couple hours. Some repairs finished vehicle starts up and backs out of the garage with less than a minute between starting and fully exiting the garage. I literally stood, held my breath, and watched the CO meter climb to over 400ppm! Then immediately left the garage and left the door and windows open for a couple hours. So yes CO can be a very real issue especially with older cars.
My understanding is the CO detectors should be placed a bit differently than the smoke detectors.
Personally I use combo photo/ion smoke detectors. With a single exception of one photo only near a bathroom that had some false positives when someone took a long shower.
And then just have CO detectors in any room someone sleeps placed about 4-5 feet high on the wall.
I test them about 1-2 times a year at the same time I test the gfci outlets.
$100? What's wrong with this one? https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-Battery-Operated-Monoxide-KN-Copp-B-LPM/dp/B004Y6V5CI/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=co+detector&qid=1610423531&sr=8-9
I ordered this one from Amazon: [link]
get a battery powered CO detector, and do a trial run in your driveway
if you buy a direct dc adapter so you don't have to run the inverter at all
110 at night? I think apnea is the least of your worries with sleeping
Take it to a different shop and have them test for an exhaust leak - not sure if that got lost in translation from the first shop, but an emissions test <> leak test.
You can diy with a shop vac and and a spray bottle. [See Here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1AFZQ_dQMA) if I had to guess, you are probably leaking at the exhaust manifold similar to the video. It's probably enough for the carbon monoxide to accumulate; when you crank the heater on to pull from outside air, it's probably sucking all of that right into the car.
In the meantime - $25 gets you a [carbon monoxide detector](https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-Battery-Operated-Monoxide-KN-COPP-B-LPM/dp/B004Y6V5CI/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1VTXT2RP1POD3&keywords=carbon+monoxide+detector+battery+operated&qid=1551717274&s=hi&sprefix=carbon+%2Ctools%2C205&sr=1-4) that you can stick in your car. I wouldn't rely on it as a solution, more as a stop gap until you get the problem fixed or trade the car in.
Also, a 2016 w 30k should not have an exhaust issue, as others have said I would be looking for a trade in.
Just got a separate meter for my bedroom. Thanks for the reminder!
This one's $20. It's not aviation specific, and a bit bulky, but is battery operated and should work just as well?
They already have detectors that show a reading on an lcd display, they only sound off at 70, but they show levels that are lower.