Reader Mail: Carbon Monoxide detectors

1/29/2008:

Another Hoboken411 reader shares the importance of making sure your CO detectors are operational, as well as a big shout-out to the Hoboken Fire Department.

“Hi, love your site read it every day.

I wanted to share a story with you about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. I had been experiencing headaches for the last few days when my CO detector woke me up out of a deep sleep yesterday. I called the HFD and they came by, checked out my unit and noticed elevated levels of CO. They checked out the other units in the building to find that the unit below mine was actually experiencing the leak (faulty under serviced furnace) the guy downstairs was unaware of the leak. There was about ten times more CO in his unit than mine. The HFD officer informed me that “had my alarm not detected the CO, that guy would have died.” His CO detector was unplugged.

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I cannot stress the importance enough of making sure your CO detector is not only plugged in (battery works, etc) but is in good working condition. Living in Hoboken, since we’re basically living on top of one another, it could not only save your life, but that of a neighbor.

Also, the HFD is awesome. They should be commended on their professionalism, promptness and care for the community they serve. They were wonderful in making sure I was ok and answered my endless questions and concerns, even hours after the incident (I called them with additional concerns later on in the day and was connected to the Captain who helped me within minutes.)”

Way to go once again, Hoboken Fire Department!

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5 Comments on "Reader Mail: Carbon Monoxide detectors"

MauMau
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MauMau

We had a fire in the building prior to this incident. It damage to the building, but we were able to go back to our apartments.
Also the alarms went off one early morning not that many years after this fire. Four fire trucks showed up. There was a noxious smell in the hallway. They told us to evacuate. Turned out a maintenance man had set off a bunch of insecticide bombs in the basement.
The fire chief told me that night, too, to call whenever the alarms activated.
Maybe it was because we had a fire in the building? I don’t know.

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onaheartbeatglide
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onaheartbeatglide

That’s interesting, because a few years ago, I was entering my friend’s apartment building and was sure I smelled gas in the lobby. My friend and her roommate came down and they smelled it too, so we called the Hoboken Fire Department. They arrived within minutes and when they couldn’t find any kind of a leak, they started asking us if we’d been drinking or were under the influence of any drugs. We were like, “What?!?”

Don’t get me wrong, I have full respect for what these guys do, but they made us feel like idiots for calling. It’s unfortunate.

MauMau
Member
MauMau

Oops Hoboken Fire Department!

MauMau
Member
MauMau

Years ago the fire alarms in my building went off one very hot summer morning. I didn’t smell smoke. I called HPD to let them know that the fire alarms were sounding, but I thought it was just the hot weather. They said they’d come anyway. Two trucks showed up moments later. Turned out it was just the heat, but they reassured me I was right to call.

sunflowerlax
Member
sunflowerlax

My carbon dioxide Detector went off this weekend too. I opened the windows and was going to just turn it off when I figured I probably should call the Fire Department. I did and was embarrassed to find that it was just a dying battery and not in fact an emergency. 😳 After apologizing a million times to the guys who came and did various readings around my apartment, they quieted me by reminding me that they would rather come out to make sure everything was okay rather than have to come out in case of a real emergency where I could have been hurt. I echo the sentiments of this reader, make sure you have carbon dioxide detectors and that they work. The firefighters told me that they install CO detectors for people and often the batteries were dead in the box (mine was only a month old) so you should put new ones in even if they come with the unit. Thank you Hoboken Fire Department!

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