Jump to content
Guest dorothperk

How do I know if my CO alarm went off because of Carbon Monoxide?

Recommended Posts

Guest Mylene

My Kidde CO detector went off last night. 4 beeps then another 4 beeps after a few seconds. I changed the batteries then reset. Never beeped again since last night. It was a new one our landlord installed a few weeks ago. What could have triggered it? Just want to add that I just finished showering and it was pretty hot inside our bathroom because I closed all windows and turned on a portable ceramic heater. Was it a spike of CO? What should I do? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The beeping noise is used to alert you to unsafe CO levels.  It is usually in the form of 4 beeps, a pause, then 4 more beeps.  This pattern is repeated continuously until the CO level drops or until you press the “mute” button. So this would indicate it detected CO, but as it cleared after your actions, I would imagine that an unsafe level of CO did not remain and a spike had activated the detector which is now cleared. What I would do is monitor the detector and if any of your actions repeat the situation take appropriate actions to prevent the spike.

If you have any doubts contact the gas board and seek their advice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Mickey

Hello, me and my girlfriend moved into a new build flat in September, and every couple of weeks my co alarm goes off, with the other 2 smoke alarms which are all wired together I'm guessing. They are all kidde frenetic alarms. First time we thought it was a false alarm, couple hours later it went off, so next day we had a gas engineer come in and he couldn't find any problems with the gas/Combi boiler, so then we got someone to fit a new co alarm, but this still goes off every couple off weeks, but it's usually at night 1-3 in the morning, when the heating isn't on or anything, I think I'm going to remove the co alarm completely and get a fire angel battery one, thoughts???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Amywoo

CO alarm keeps going off, 4 beeps then 4 beeps then 2 beeps. This does not fit any of the manufacturers descriptions for warnings. Continued to go off after 5 mins outside. 

Any advice?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Guest N/A

Hi,

5:30 this morning I woke up to my CO detector going off…once. It never went off again in I’m confused as to what just happened.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Hilary S.

Hello as the person above,  last night my CO alarm went off. It is hard wired /connected to other CO and smoke. fire alarms. So hard to tell where it originated. The gas furnace ( natural gas) was not running. It stopped on its own after a couple of beeps and announcement about CO. I did open window in a bedroom. It did not go off again. This happened about a month or so ago. It alarms then goes off on its own, moments later. One CO is brand new, the other older. Could this be a malfunction? can CO leak if the appliance is off/ What is the best way for me to check for CO levels in the house?

thanks, in advance, hilary 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It sounds like the detector, detected CO or other gasses, above the trigger point and gave a warning, but it dissipated quickly, which can happen. I would suggest you have the appliance, the CO detector is protecting, check out and tell the engineer what happened.

 I have heard of situations where exhaust fumes from a nearby road has been blow though a vent and actuated the CO detector inside, keep an eye on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Help me

My alarm went off I took it outside nd it hasn't went off since I have no gas in my house at all only an open fire which isn't lighting , I'm a bit freaked out by it , do I need to call people in ??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It sounds like the detector, detected CO or other gasses, above the trigger point and gave a warning, but it dissipated quickly, which can happen.  I have heard of situations where exhaust fumes from a nearby road has been blow though a vent and actuated the CO detector inside.

It could be an intermittent fault on the CO detector, so if it happens again have the detector checked out. If you are concerned, then purchase another CO detector which you keep the two detectors close together and if both do not operate at the same time, you can assume a false alarm.

Check out  https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help-and-advice/carbon-monoxide-poisoning/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Chris

My alarm has gone off we have a 2year old condenser  boiler the kiddie alarm is saying fire could it be carbon monoxide 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Don

Could a propane gas leak from our fireplace cause my CO detector to sound an alarm?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would think it is unlikely, although propane contains carbon it needs to combine with a poor supply of oxygen and a means of creating a chemical reaction, like heat. Without heat, the propane will remain CH3 CH2 CH3 which should not activate the CO sensor.

Treat this explanation with caution I am not a chemist.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest B Dubya

Hi, I have 3 co detectors on one floor. One in my hall, and one on each bed room. The detectors in the rooms occasionally go off, but never at the same time or day, and only at night. Wouldn't all 3 go off if carbon monoxide was really detected?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Sarah L

Hi there - I just noticed last night that my CO detector (KIDDE KN COB LP2) was flashing a red light last night. On the LED ALARM button, it was flashing red every 30 seconds, while simultaneously, the OPERATE LED button was flashing green. There was no beeping/chirping. I hit the test/reset button and the red light went away and the OPERATE button flashes green every 30 seconds. It really worries me because I wasn't home all day. Would the alarm sound all day if it did detect CO? I am getting a backup detector, but I'm just hoping that it would have sounded if it was high levels.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Without having detailed knowledge of all models it is impossible to answer your question and I doubt that anybody does. I would suggest you study your installation/user manual and if you cannot resolve your problem contact the manufacturer for their advice. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...