After last night’s incident with the CO detectors going off, Vince did a little research. It’s amazing what you learn when you delve into a subject. We’ve never had a CO detector that had a read out to tell you what your levels of CO are in the room. They went off if there’s a problem but we didn’t know what the level of CO was when they went off. Like last night . . was it “just a little” or was it “evacuate the house now”? Any alert and my preference is evacuate the house or, at least go to a room that should be farther from the source, and open all the windows.
After reading about them half the night (while I was busy sleeping!), Vince decided he wanted ours to have a readout.
He bought one at Home Depot and three at Walmart. I think we’re good on CO detectors now and I feel much better knowing exactly what the reading is.
This one is in the hallway between the two extra bedrooms. He put one of these back up in the master bedroom too since it fits on the same mounting screws and we don’t have to put more holes in walls.
This one is in the closet with the water heater. It plugs in but has a lithium battery backup. I’m happy to see this one has a zero reading because I was thinking it must have been the water heater since the stove wasn’t on and we certainly aren’t using the heater. Apparently it was something to do with the wind and the water heater vent on the roof because we’ve never had that happen before. Vince was right . . that was what he thought, but you can never be too sure when something like that goes off.
The fourth one is similar to the one in the water heater closet in that it’s electric and has a battery backup. Vince wants me to take that one to Missouri. There was one in there already. Chad said he thinks it’s the same one I bought when they moved in that apartment nine years ago. I bought a new one and took it there but it doesn’t have a readout.
While I really don’t know enough about them to suggest that everyone should replace theirs with one that has a readout, please . . if you have gas or a fireplace or wood stove in your home, make sure you have a working CO detector and always make sure your smoke alarms are working properly.