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Saturday, December 15, 2007


A few months ago i fitted a smoke alarm and a Carbon Monoxide alarm. Just as with many insurances you have them and hopefully never need to claim but god help you if something happens and you are not covered.
Well sitting here yesterday evening doing the blog the C. Monoxide alarm suddenly went off and after recovering from a near heart attack, boy is it LOUD, i silenced it and first went out and pushed the brush down the chimney thinking the logs i have been burning lately had caused tar to form on the inside and cause a blockage. Having satisfied myself all was ok i then checked around the joint where the chimney enters the top of the stove, i had at the beginning of winter renewed the fire cement here but worth checking i thought but no all was ok. Next the door seal, not easy to check other than looking for any breaks or overly compressed sections that might allow fumes to seep out. By now i`m mystified no explanation so i decided to shut the front doors, these were thrown open before i even silenced the alarm-- fresh air first sort it second, after 2 hours the alarm was still silent but just in case i decided to leave the fire out.
This morning after a nights sleep a closer look at the problem revealed the glass in the door had cracked and because the heat tends to craze the glass it is not as obvious as say in the clear boat windows.
Luckily i managed to get a new glass today from a boat chandlers.
I blog this not to you at home although fitting alarms is a good idea because your central heating boiler can emit C. Monoxide if not in good order, no it`s to other boaters i appeal to. Our small living space can quickly fill with fumes so please check your stove door glass carefully and fit an alarm. If mine had not been there it is a very real possibility i could have been poisoned while i slept that night.


Derek and Dot said...

Hi Les
A good wakeup call to all of us out here. Thanks for making us aware. Glad you are OK.
Take care Dot and derek

Anonymous said...

Hi Les,
No replies that you can publish yet? I suggest you put it on the canal World and other forums? I know it's been done before, but guess some of those non-readers may now be dead. New members still arrive all the time, asking questions. One just may see this and fit a detector? So glad you only had brown trousers as a result!

Les Biggs said...

Hi Dot/Derek
Yes just goes to show it could happen anytime so glad i had an alarm.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Annon
I have just put it on Canal Forum, thanks for suggesting it.

Unknown said...

Glad all is well. Breaking up for Christmas tomorrow, so have a good Christmas and a happy new year.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs