Saturday, July 23, 2011
CO Detector Test
Then while we were living in our last apartment, we see flashing lights parked right across the street. I grabbed my flip-flops and run over to see what I could do to help and if I should be calling the Bishop. It turns out the CO Detector went off and fortunately everyone was ok because of the alarm. I waited with them awhile as the house was blown out but it turned out to not be a big deal because their CO detector was working.
So we move to our new apartment and for the first time, their is a Carbon Monoxide Detector on the wall. I don't care which alarm we use as long as their is one and it works. So ours is still in storage. But, I wanted to check to make sure the one mounted on the wall worked. I'm standing very close to it, trying to see if their is a "test" button. It shouldn't be this complicated to check the detector but I'm sticking with it until I know the thing works.
Well, I figured out the best test method for one of these. Keep exhaling directly over the thing. All of the sudden it went off and shocked me. And then I had to laugh. It works! All of the CO I was breathing out directly on top of it was enough to set off the alarm. So, if you are curious if your CO detector works and can't find a test button, just keep breathing on it for a couple of minutes.
Oh and I just learned, you should actually test it with the exhaling method and not just the button pushing method every 2-3 years. Apparently, the battery will keep working and when you push the button it is checking that. However, the CO sensors wear out and the detector will have to be replaced every 5-10 years or so. The only way to test the CO sensors is by blowing CO on them. Good to know! :)