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Old 12-29-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

A new year is just around the corner. Remember to replace the batteries in your Smoke Detectors at home. While you're at it, it's a good idea to replace the batteries in your RV Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm.



After setting up at a camp site, try to remember to "Test" both of them before you sit back and relax.

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Old 11-07-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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A sad story on the news tonight... a family died from carbon monoxide poisoning. They were in the process of replacing the shingles on their roof and had put up a tarp to keep out the rain, covering the furnace & water heater vents.

In the confined space of an RV... also with a furnace, water heater and maybe even a generator, it is even more important to use diligence and make sure these systems are functioning properly and to have working alarms to warn us of a problem.
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A sad story on the news tonight... a family died from carbon monoxide poisoning. They were in the process of replacing the shingles on their roof and had put up a tarp to keep out the rain, covering the furnace & water heater vents.

In the confined space of an RV... also with a furnace, water heater and maybe even a generator, it is even more important to use diligence and make sure these systems are functioning properly and to have working alarms to warn us of a problem.
I always test ours before every trip! The smoke detector gets tested every night before dinner...

We also carry a back up CO detector that sits on the counter.

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Old 11-07-2014, 12:58 PM   #4
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A carbon monoxide detector probably saved our lives!!! I added 2 extra Smoke/CO2 alarms to my trailer, one in the bedroom and the other in the garage. I found a neat combination alarm at Walmart that even talked to you.

We were camped at a festival in a cow pasture on a steep slope. I had to lower the front of the trailer all the way down to get level. Late one night the bedroom alarm went off.

I had lowered the front down to where the ventilation intake for the generator was just a little over a foot off the ground and the tailpipe was just inches off the ground in tall grass. Apparently this setup let the carbon monoxide gas accumulate under the trailer.

After the alarm I raised the trailer to allow for better ventilation and didn't have any other problems.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:05 AM   #5
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I change the batteries as part of my commissioning each spring.
Good advice and a good reminder for everyone!
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We put a smoke detector and CO detector in the compartment under the bed (which is next to our generator) - just to be a little more cautious!
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:32 AM   #7
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Good call and good reminder! Based on this thread, I replaced the 9Vs on my smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector today. My propane detector, mounted near the floor, doesn't appear to have a battery, and says, "only works when power is applied." No battery backup, I guess. Am I right or wrong on this?
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MartyG you are correct!
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