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    I almost died today

    Wow. I seriously think I almost died today.

    This morning, I woke up an hour and a half earlier than usual with an incredibly splitting headache. I couldn't go back to sleep, so I got my dog out of the bed to take him outside. My dog didn't want to get up. He just kept kissing my face and trying to get closer to me.

    Well, finally, I have to push him out of the bed. I go and open the back door and then sat down in the living room. My dog refused to go outside. He came and sat on my lap and insisted on being up in my face. All this time, my head is splitting.

    At this point, I'm freaking out a little bit, so I decide to go out for breakfast and take my dog with me. I leave the house and my headache begins to subside. I came back home and walked in the house and my head started splitting again.

    At this point, I freak out and turn off the heater (we have gas heat). I check my CO monitor and it is functioning correctly, so I call the gas company.

    The gas company rep arrived at my house with all his machinery and lo' and behold, my house had 350 ppm of Carbon Monoxide. He told me that a few hours of that would be fatal.

    Apparently, my CO detector only picks up at 400 ppm when sustained for 15 minutes.

    The maintenance people in my housing complex came and worked on it (I'm not sure what he did because he spoke ZERO English) but they say that it's fixed. Even though they say that, I'm still scared to turn on my heat tonight.

    Thank God for my dog, though. If he hadn't acted so strangely, I probably would have just tried to go back to sleep and thought I just had a bad headache.
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    Dog are amazing. My wife dog can tell when her blood sugar is low and sits at her feet and whines. Glad you figure it out and hopefully got it fixed. I'd look for a better monitor
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    Wow! You are extremely lucky! Dogs are the best though ain't they?
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    damn! Freaky...

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    my dog is too dumb to save a life.

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    Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thought that (I guess DUMMY me) when you set on e of them up - you were golden! Like Safe!!



    Very Glad to hear it worked out, but OMG - I mean I just sold my (and Mom's) double house where we had to have all sorts of detectors, etc to be legal - including CO2 and I guess I didn't ever read the things - just put them up - wanted to be of code and ....

    crap. I mean where I am living now temporarily - there is minimal smoke detectors (fixing that Thursday), and CO2 ... ? Not to be seen. But now it seems that you can still have a PROBLEM and it wont' go off??

    CRAP!!!

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    I'm glad you're okay. Things like this can make you pause and appreciate things that might otherwise be taken for granted. Give the dog an extra kiss on the head and biscuit tonight!
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    Buy the puppy a steak! Glad to hear that you are okay and had the presence of mind to connect the headache and the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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    DT , glad your ok. We had a similar thing happen in our home 2 years ago. It turned out to be the gas hot water heater. Switched to a tankless/on-demand water heater that forces the exhaust outside with a built-in fan. 300+ ppm is not good. You need to find out what was repaired because right now you don`t even know what was really wrong. Do you know for certain that it has been repaired properly?
    Also because of the language barrier you were not able to figure out the repairman's competency with "chat-chat".
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    Wow,close one.

    My cure - live where you don't use heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
    Wow,close one.

    My cure - live where you don't use heat.
    Scary thing is DT`s repairman may have hailed from a locale that didn`t need heat.
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    Wow glad you're ok.
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    Wow - close call!! Really glad to hear you're OK!

    Question - where was your CO monitor? CO is heavy and will collect closer to the ground so if you're on the second floor or have it set up on the wall or ceiling it also won't be that effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenng View Post
    Scary thing is DT`s repairman may have hailed from a locale that didn`t need heat.
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    Holy crap. That's... frightening. Glad you're okay.

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    New fangled thin heat exchangers are crap!

    Glad you're guys are safe.

    This is a good lesson about why it's important to have a carbon monoxide detector, and know the signs of carbon monoxide exposure.
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    Wow....that was a close one.


    Dogs are the best though!!!!


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    Thank goodness for that fantastic dog! Best wishes for the health of you and your family.

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    Thank you guys so much! I love my dog more than anything in this entire world. I did have to give him an extra hug and cuddle today.

    I think he and I are even now. I saved his life (got him from the pound) and now he's saved mine.

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    Woah. Close call. My buddy back in college found his grandparents and father dead in his grandparent's house of the same thing. Screwed him up good for a long time. Think I'll have a look at my heating equipment when I get home this morning.

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    We were told by a heating systems contractor that most commonly available CO detectors had a very high threshold because fire departments got tired of being called out for false alarms and made the UL change their standard for CO monitors to not alarm until they hit (fairly high threshold).
    We ended up getting one of these, which is a lot more sensitive. More expensive than I remember, but there's the whole peace of mind thing and all.

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    Wow, DT ... I guess you realize how lucky you really are. Thank god for your dog. I had a similar experience, but this time, it was because the pilot on the gas stove wasn't on. I didn't have a dog, so I must be pretty fortunate I didn't get CO poisoning as well. Glad to hear everything is okay.

    I can't believe the reading of your CO monitor though. Is that normal?
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    Glad to hear you're OK. "Dog" was watching over you.
    Random stuff like that can really make someone paranoid.

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    Glad to hear you're ok, DT!

    Definitely get the gas company to check it out for ya's....I wouldn't trust those "maintenance guys" as far as I could throw them....I've had several bad experiences with them over the years....I've found that most of the time, their "training" has been severely lacking....
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    Hey DT - glad you are ok!
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