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How to Reduce False Alarm from Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Are you troubled by the false alarm of the carbon monoxide detector, when the alarm goes off, you wake up from your sleep, immediately pick up the child and rush out of the house, calling 911? Will you go mad when the people involved finally come to your house and you are told the alarm is a false alarm? False alarms are unavoidable, though they are a headache, for safety reasons, move outside immediately and call 911. Today, I’m going to share a few tips to reduce false alarms from carbon monoxide alarms, and I hope they’ll help you all.

Maintenance and Tips:

Test carbon monoxide detectors monthly to see if they are functioning properly

Check/replace battery-powered detector batteries every six months to prevent dead power

Clean the detector monthly to remove dust from the surface, do not use water or liquids such as disinfectants, because the detector will short-circuit due to internal water

When using the kitchen, please turn on the hood and open the window

Do not grill indoors

Do not turn on multiple heaters at the same time

Avoid installing detectors in wrong locations

False alarms can easily occur when you install a detector in the wrong place, such as next to a fireplace or 5 feet around a heater. Too close to the source of the carbon monoxide will have high concentrations of carbon monoxide, which can easily lead to false alarms. Therefore, avoid installing detectors in the following places:

Dusty, dirty, greasy, and confined environments, such as garages, storage rooms

Avoid direct sunlight

Ten feet from a fire or gas source in the kitchen, nearby air currents can send smoke into the detector causing unnecessary alarms

Room with high temperature and high humidity, which is not only make the detector false alarm, but may be scrapped due to water or high temperature in the detector, such as shower room, sauna room, humidifier, dishwasher, laundry room, etc.

Why is carbon monoxide alarm beeping

The detector will sound an alarm in three cases: the presence of carbon monoxide gas is detected, the low battery alarm and the detector reaching end of life. The beeps of each detector convey different meanings, so refer to the alarm’s user manual for the specific model. E.g:

4 beeps and a pause: The alarm has detected carbon monoxide in the air, please evacuate the house as soon as possible and call the police

1 beep every minute: This means the battery is low, please replace the battery in time

5 beeps every minute: This means the detector has reached the end of its life, please replace it with a new one

If you’re sure that there’s no carbon monoxide present and the alarm is still beeping, maybe it’s a false alarm, it’s possible that the alarm needs to be reset. To do this, press and hold the test button on the alarm for 5 seconds. If the alarm still doesn’t stop beeping, it might need to be replaced.

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