PSA: Check your CO/Smoke alarms

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  1. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    Because I'm lucky my expired CO alarm went off this morning. Turns out all of our alarms are expired. !

    We knew we needed a new furnace (renters), but now we *really* need a new furnace.

    Anyway, check your alarms gang. They'll save you sickness and your life.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    So what are your PRS Private Stock specs going to be?

    Since you're going to sue the rental company into oblivion for negligence.
     
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    @budda Max is right. That's straight BS that a life and death situation was overlooked by them. I'd take a look at your lease and see A) if the alarms/monitors are something you're in charge of, and B) What it says about the furnace. You should get something out of this, at the very least for them to make it a policy to check the whole property to make sure it's all up to standards.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    In the US it pretty much cuts 50/50 responsibility wise, by state. Locally, it's more like 70/30 as far as responsibility falling towards the landlord.

    In Canada, where @budda is if I remember correctly, it's 100% the landlord's responsibility to maintain working, within date smoke and CO detectors/alarms.

    It is simply the tenants' responsibility not to damage, destroy, or remove them.

    I hope the rental is nice, because budda is going to own it after this.
     
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    Wow, interesting. And wtf Max, you know everything about Ibanez, and you also know about tenant law in foreign countries? How are you not on Jeopardy? :lol: You've got to me the most well read individual I know.
     
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    spudmunkey SS.org Regular

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    We rented an AirBNB in Maui a couple weeks ago. Their listing said we'd need to bring our own CO2 detectors. And then they repeated it in the confirmation email. And then again in their text confirming our arrival. And then it was also printed in the binder left for us on the table with all of the rules of the condo, pool, etc.

    Amusingly, we were in Hawaii because our home was being fumigated. Apparently the gas they use for wood-borrowing beetles can set off the natural gas detectors. And, since all of the alarms are wired together, they were all going sounding for 5 days. We came home on Thanksgiving night to the whole home's-worth of alarms going off. Because they were effectively "ruined" by this gas, we had to shut the power off, and I had to disconnect all of our alarms. So, we've been without smoke, fire, CO2 and gas detectors since thanksgiving. My dad used to be a fireman and EMT and would flip if he found out we were still sleeping here. :lol:
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I've just been in interesting jobs over the years. Mostly manufacturing and HazMat/Industrial Safety, which spills into all kinds of safety stuff. Anything actually useful in normal daily life is completely beyond me. :lol:
     
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    spudmunkey SS.org Regular

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    While my work history isnt as interesting as yours, I think "nerds" like many of us can find useful, and also useless tidbits from *any* job. My second job was at a grocery store when I was 15. I'm now 40 and STILL reference things I learned back then.
     
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    ...are you sure it's not just tired battery / expiration death throes?

    Smoke detectors tend to scream when they want replacing
     
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    spudmunkey SS.org Regular

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    That *could* be, but all the ones I've used just chirp when their battery starts to go, and they do it for a loooong time before it's actually dead. I'm sure there's some out there, though, that might scream all the way down...but it's less likely, i think.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    My first job was working on guitars, so thanks to SSO, I also reference it constantly. :lol:

    I also wouldn't assume anything, your job as you've described/hinted at, sounds neat.
     
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    What I wish is that the damned things would tell you which one needed a new battery. Because of temperature fluctuations, they tend to make their battery-dying chirp noises at night. So I'm up and down a ladder trying to figure out which one has the bad battery. It's enough to make me want to rip them all out.
     
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    They're stupid expensive, but I love my Nest Protect Smoke/CO detectors.

    We'll see how much I love them when I need a whole new set in 10 years. :lol:
     
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    ah yes. The groggy 2am echo -location.
     
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    Thanks for the concern. Luckily I was already awake, so it was only a few minutes between "is this a legit concern?" to standing around outside with the dog. Had I been dead asleep and not noticed for a bit, different kettle of fish.

    Our landlord gets back today from a trip, with any luck she will call. It's just a private rental not a company. Still a responsibility though.

    Check those alarms :yesway:
     
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    That + the tone is usually in a frequency that somehow makes it hard to pinpoint. One time one of our alarms started chirping, and I went through them all one by one, always thinking "yes, now I found it!", but once I got back to the couch I would hear a chirp again. In the end, I found an old smoke alarm I had replaced but not thrown away in the back of a cupboard in the kitchen :wallbash:
     
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    Ugh, I think that's actually what happens in Hell. :lol:
     
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    Our furnace has been replaced :yesway:
     
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    Great PSA for me since I just bought a rental property and will have tennants moving in in January. Replacing those smoke detectors and getting a CO alarm for sure. :ugh:
     
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