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

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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? 

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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.

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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???

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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?

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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.  

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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 

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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.

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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 ??

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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/

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