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House full of carbon monoxide and propane - January 2, 2013, 08:43 AM

So... first it's an axe through my FIOS line, now I have no heat. SOB!! lol


4:30AM my dog comes up stairs and wakes me up because CO detector is going off downstairs (I couldn't hear it in my bedroom)

I go downstairs, all seems normal and confirmed propane furnace is running. I shut door to furnace room and the alarm is still going off. I call non-emergency # and they say get out of house immediately and call 911.

4:50 fire dept comes with air sniffers and find lots of CO and propane in the house - bedrooms - everywhere. Their little meters were clicking like crazy.

They shut off furnace and put big fan in my front door and open my windows.

6:00 I get to go back in. Thank the dog and give him a treat

Luckily, it was still somewhat warm upstairs after they forced cold outside air through the house and I got to get back to sleep for an hour before the sun came up.


The fire crew were all very nice, even wiped their feet before going in the house.

Great way to start the day!!
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January 2, 2013, 08:45 AM

Did you leave the dog when you evacuated?


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January 2, 2013, 08:47 AM

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Did you leave the dog when you evacuated?
hell no, but good question . I waited for fire crew in my truck with the heat on and dog with me.
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January 2, 2013, 08:48 AM

Sounds like you should be thankful to get on .NET to post about your event.

Some folks aren't so lucky to have animals to alert them of situations like yours.


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Sounds like you should be thankful to get on .NET to post about your event.

Some folks aren't so lucky to have animals to alert them of situations like yours.
yes I am very thankful. He usually doesn't even come upstairs.
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January 2, 2013, 08:59 AM

Glad you are okay.

FYI...the CO detectors that you get at the store only alarm at dangerously high levels. You could be on the way out before they even go off and you are already subjected to poisoning type levels.
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wow..glad you are ok..could have been a lot worse!


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January 2, 2013, 09:12 AM

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Glad you are okay.

FYI...the CO detectors that you get at the store only alarm at dangerously high levels. You could be on the way out before they even go off and you are already subjected to poisoning type levels.
can you recommend a good CO detector?


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Glad you are okay.

FYI...the CO detectors that you get at the store only alarm at dangerously high levels. You could be on the way out before they even go off and you are already subjected to poisoning type levels.
Didn't know that. I guess the dog really might have saved me.

It's still bit difficult to grasp the fact that I could have been taken out by the furnace.

I suppose this is appropriate though. I haven't had any near death experiences in probably a year at this point. Time to reset the clock.
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January 2, 2013, 10:58 AM

damn....fire and related furnace shit scares me....
was packing my lunch this morning...smelled burning electrical wire...went searching.
The x-mas lights I had on-top of my kitchen cabinets melted from a plastic container resting on it or something....
so glad nothing caught on fire....
now you have me wanting to get carbon detectors.


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What was the source of the leak?



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BTW - Your New Year is starting off like something out of Final Destination.
I would be apt to lock myself in a room until Death loses interest in you.



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January 2, 2013, 11:19 AM

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BTW - Your New Year is starting off like something out of Final Destination.
I would be apt to lock myself in a room until Death loses interest in you.
Just make sure it's not airtight.


Lucky break OP. glad you are alright. I almost did myself in once while testing the fireplace in my rental. My CO alarm requires 10-15 minutes of sustained dangerous levels to go off. The lights started going out after about 5 minutes despite precautions (yes I opened a window and had fans going). No CO alarm. Caught it though.


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January 2, 2013, 11:20 AM

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can you recommend a good CO detector?
Kiddie Nighthawk.
Runs on a electrical outlet + 9V battery backup.

BTW - the proper coverage method is to have one CO detector on every level of the house.



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January 2, 2013, 11:20 AM

Man you got lucky! With the occurances of current events I'd say you should probably go to church real quick


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