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12 Volt Mini Carbon Monoxide Monitors for Police Vehicles Can Save Lives

by Barbara 26. July 2017 02:55

Q:"Having read about the issues with carbon monoxide in police cars, please explain more about the Safe-T-Alert 62-541-BL 12V CO Alarm, Surface Mount, Black.

Answer:

The most popular unit for police cars, private security vehicles and sleeping cabs for over the road trucks is the mini-sized Safe-T-Alert 62-541-BK in black. This same unit is available in Safe-T-Alert 62-541-WH 12V CO Alarm, Surface Mount.These units also come in flush mount versions which do require puncturing the dash to mount. Note: The manufacturer does not recommend this unit for this purpose. However, there are few other options except for those carbon monoxide sensitive yellow dot detectors which change color when exposed to CO.

Requires hard-wiring to 12 Volt system. Dimensions are 3.5 inches wide by 2.5 inches high by 1.25 inches deep. Mounting bracket .25 Inches deep is included. Add additional units for safety: also used as a replacement for 65-541.  10 year shelf life after manufacture. Limited warranty begins 1 year from date of purchase. Units have a 5 year life after powered up for first time. Silence alarm with mute button while RV or other vehicle is ventilated. Rapid recovery sensor resets when silenced or reactivates alarm if dangerous levels of CO remain. Memory Scan™ in the Safe-T-Alert 62-541 retains CO level that activated the alarm. Reliable. 12 Volt power: no batteries to replace. Micro Current Technology saves battery power. Durable. Built for the extreme RV environment. Approved. Meets RVIA/NFPA requirements. Listed to UL 2034 RV. Certified to CSA Std 6.19091 (R2006). End of life signal when alarm needs replacement. 30 day override. Made in USA by MTI Industries.
Alarm point is 400 PPM for 4-12 minutes. Memory of CO level is kept.

We offer fleet discounts on these units. Due to the popularity, large orders may be delayed 3-4 weeks. We are able to fulfill small order typically within 5 days or less.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara Staib

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Replace Safe-T-Alert RV30-441 Propane Alarm With a Safe-T-Alert 35-741,CO Alarm/Gas Alarm Combo

by Barbara 24. October 2013 06:05

Question about replacements for CCI Controls Propane Alarm 7770.244.

Question: "What 12 Volt RV gas alarm can replace my CCI Controls 7770.244 that is beeping? I also need a new carbon monoxide alarm." Thanks. Steve.

Answer: Safe-T-Alert has two units, the Safe-T-Alert 30-441 and the Safe-T-Alert 35-741. Both are surface mount units.  If you want to add more carbon monoxide detection, I suggest the new combination units, the 35-741 which comes in a black surface mount RV alarm and a white unit. The 30-441, gas only monitor with alarm, comes in brown and white. Both have approximately the same dimensions as the old CCI units.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is hard-wired, please look at these two units, the Safe-T-Alert 65-542 and the Safe-T-Alert 65-541 . The first is flush mounted, i.e. the rear of the unit goes into your RV wall. The second is flush mounted. These are available in white, brown and black.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is battery powered, consider replacing it with the Costar 9RV which meets all the RVIA specs for humidity and temperature ranges. For more protection, install the Costar 12RV-DB which hooks to both your coach 12 volt system and to your RV 12 volt engine battery. This unit draws from the unit with the most power and also has a 9 volt battery back-up.

And make sure your smoke alarm was replaced within the past 5 years as well. Nothing more annoying than being woken in the middle of the night by a false alarm! The Safe-T-Alert 775 is a 9 volt battery powered unit that is UL listed and approved for RV use.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Chart Showing Safe-T-Alert Replacement 12V Propane Alarms CCI Controls Alarms

by Barbara 26. April 2012 10:35

Question about replacing CCI Controls Propane Gas Alarms and Propane Alarms with Tank Valve Shut-Offs with Comparable Safe-T-Alert models.

Q: "My CCI propane alarm in my RV has failed. What unit is available as a replacement since CCI Controls is not in business?" Thanks. Ed

Answer: Below is a chart. The entire unit must be replaced if your CCI Controls unit has an automatic gas valve shut off. Safe-T-Alert replacements for that unit will not work with the CCI valve. Note: new standards require that propane alarms shut down 5 years after installed to power. Shelf life is 10 years if not used.

Below is our main replacement chart.

CCI # Propane MTI Replacements MTI Replacements
CC-7719.04 70-742-R Kit with Valve Surface Mount
CC-7719.58 70-742-R Kit with Valve Surface Mount
CC-7719.70 70-742-R Kit with Valve Surface Mount
CC-7773-231 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.081 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.251 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.230 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.231 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.233 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.234 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.241 30-441-P-BR Surface Mount
CC-7773.151 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.244 30-441-P-WH Surface Mount
CC-7770.250 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.251 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.253 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.254 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.281 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.284 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7771.231 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.081 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.151 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.231 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.251 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.251 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount

Note: the 30-442 and 35-442 share the same case size. Both recess into the wall so the unit front is flush with the wall. The 35-742 gives you extra safety as you have a carbon monoxide sensor with alarm in the same unit. Please contact Safe Home at sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone us if you have questions. We also sell Costar 9RV battery powered carbon monoxide alarms and Costar 12RV alarms with 9 volt battery back-up systems. Remember that propane leaks are dangerous and carbon monoxide are as well because they can kill silently.

To find these products on our website, go to www.safehomeproducts.com. Go to the search box. Enter for example Safe-T-Alert of 30-442 in the search and you'll get results fast.

Cut-Out Sizes for Flush Mount Units:

30-442-P-or 35-742:

  • Unit Front Measurements: 6.375"W x 2.875"H x 1"D
  • Unit Back Measurements: 5 3/8" x 1 7/8" (part that recesses into wall.

65-542RV :

  • Unit Front Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.5" x 1 3/8 Deep. Unit back dimensions: 5.5" x 3".
  • Case Dimensions: Cut Out: 5.5" x 3".
  • Select  a  wall  location at  least 4” off the
    floor.  Cut a 5 5/8” (143mm) W x 3 1/8” (79mm) H hole

35-741 Cobination Propane and CO Alarm

  • Front Dimensions: 6.5”W x 2.75”H x 1.5”D
  • Cut Out : 5 3/8" x 1 7/8.

Thank your for your question. Please contact us via sales@safehomeproducts.com if you have more questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Safe-T- Alert Replacement RV Carbon Monoxide Alarms for a CCI Controls 3400.0 or 3400.094.

by Barbara 26. December 2011 10:57

Question about which Safe-T-Alert CO alarm replaces the CCI 3400.0

Q: "Hello,I am trying to replace this item for a customer. They currently have a CCI Model No. 3400.0. Which of yours would replace this model?Thanks so much Tammy."

Answer: The replacement units for the CCI Controls 3400.094 carbon monoxide alarms for RV's are the Safe-T-Alert SURFACE MT 12V RV/CO Alarm BROWN, 65-541 or the Safe-T-Alert 65-541 SURFACE MT 12V RV CO Alarm WHITE.

These are both surface mount units.The update to 65 has to do with the 5 year warranty from date of sale. All units should be replace every 5 years.

The good news:  Safe-Alert typically has a summer rebate program ranging from $10 to $20, a true incentive to replace aging units. In 2013 this rebate ends in September.

Safe-T-Alert 12V CO Monitor & Alarm 65-541 RV formerly the 60-541 Features:

  • Fully Operational When CO Alarm is Muted:   Mute does not override detection circuit, giving you full time protection as you ventilate your vehicle.
  • Memory Scan. Retains CO level that activated the alarm . After ventilation, the memory saves the carbon monoxide level.
  • Micro Current Technology. Saves precious battery power.
  • Two Level Carbon Monoxide Alert: Caution Alarm (60 ppm) and Hazard Alarm (at or above 100 ppm).
  • Maintenance free sensor.
  • Loud 85 dB Alarm.
  • Test/Reset Button. Used to temporarily silence alarm during ventilation. Tests all detector functions and activates Memory Scan.
  • Hard Wires to 12 Volt Power
  • UL Listed to UL 2034-2005 for Recreational Vehicles and Unconditioned Areas, including March 8, 2007 revisions. Meets RV standard ANSI A119.2 as required by the RVIA.
  • UL tested for vibration, cooking fumes, shock, humidity, salt water spray, corrosion and temperature extremes.
  • Warranty: Note: The Date Stamped on each Detector is the Date of Manufacture. Each unit has a 10 year shelf life. The Warranty is 1 year and begins from the date of resale. Sensor life is 5 years.  End of Life Date: 5 years from Date of Purchase. The 65- designation is for this newer unit per new regulations. Replace units after 5 years.Contact MTI directly for warranty related questions.
  • Replace if sensor or unit is faulty.
  • Please mark date of installation on unit and replace no more than 5 years from that date. Shelf life: 10 years according to the manufacturer.
  • Made in USA (Illinois)

RV Operating Specifications

  • UL tested for vibration, cooking fumes, shock, humidity, salt water spray, corrosion and temperature extremes.
  • Power 12 VDC, operational range 8-16 volts.
  • 60 milliamp current draw.
  • Operational Temperature Range: -40° F to +150° F (-40° C to +65° C).
  • Case Dimensions: Surface Mount 65-541 5.5"W x 3"H x 1.3"D: Attaches to Wall with Screws.
  • Screw Holes: Centered, approx. 5 1/4" apart.
  • Weight: 65-541 = 0.43 lb. 

Thank you for your question. We appreciate your help in adding this blog.

Sincerely, Barbara

California Law Effective July 1, 2011 for Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

by Barbara 27. June 2011 14:13

Question about approved carbon monoxide alarms for use in California.

Q: "Do you sell carbon monoxide alarms on the "List of California State Fire Marshal Approved Carbon Monoxide Alarms"? The law now requires these be installed in every single family dwelling. How quickly can they be shipped. Thanks. Steve."

Answer: Yes, we do sell several approved carbon monoxide alarms. Unless you are ordering a large quantity of units, we ship within 3 business days using either the postal service or UPS.  The Fire Marshall list expires in July 2012.

Costar Models:

Kidde and Kidde Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

If there are other approved Kidde units you would like pricing on, please let us know. We are able to discount larger quantities of these products. Most come in case of 12 or 24 units. Remember you need to install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on each level of your home and one CO alarm in every bedroom where the door is shut at night. Do remember that if you have gas burning appliances like ranges, stoves and furnaces that you also should add gas alarms for propane or natural gas to protect against explosions and fires.

Thank you for bringing this new law to our attention.

Sincerely, Barbara

Costar 9RV Carbon Monoxide Alarm Works in Extreme Temperatures

by Barbara 13. April 2011 14:01

Question about carbon monoxide alarms.

Q: "I am looking for a replacement for my current battery powered carbon monoxide alarms. Our cabin is rather primitive, no running water, electric only via a generator and no furnace. When we go there in cold weather, the inside temperature can be at or just above freezing. Which unit do you suggest? Thanks. Tom.

Answer: The best choice for your needs is the CoStar 9V Battery UL Home and RV Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Unless it gets below 40 degrees below zero or above 151 degrees, this is what you need. We sold these when astronauts were doing training in Alaska many years ago.

This unit is UL listed both for homes and for RV applications. A 9V Duracell alkaline battery is included.The Costar 9RV carbon monoxide detector cannot be mounted without a battery installed. Meets RV Standards for higher humidity and temperature limits plus current UL standards for home use. Approvals: UL2034 (Oct 1, 1998), C-UL for Canada and CE for Europe, RVIA Approved, CSA 6.19-01

Features:

  • Detection Technology: Solid-state Infrared (SIR) sensor with reservoir system
  • U.S.-Based CO Sensor Manufacturer.
  • Installation Method: Mounting plate, screws and anchors included for easy mounting. Remove tamper resist pin to replace battery. Battery installation required to close door and attach to mounting bracket
  • Power Source: 9-Volt alkaline battery
  • Battery Life: One Year (Normal Use)
  • Operating Environment: -40 degrees F to +151 degrees F 15% to 95% RH
  • Warranty: 6 year limited by manufacturer

Remember that you should have a unit in each sleeping room. Without knowing your cabin's lay-out, I suggest a minimum of 2 units.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Safety Alarms Needed to Protect Home Recently Converted to Natural Gas Heat and Water Heater

by Barbara 31. December 2010 02:34

Question: "We recently converted to natural gas heat and gas hot water boiler. We have two floors above this basement installation. What safety alarm units are required for protection? Nate.

Answer: Thanks for your question for the Ask Barbara Contest, Nate. I am going to answer with the assumption that your home was all electric prior to this conversion. If you heated with propane or oil, some of these recommendations may not apply.

Natural gas homes or businesses need two different types of safety alarms.

Combustible Gas Alarms.

Why do I need a combustible gas detector/gas alarm?

The purpose of a combustible gas alarm is to alert you when you have a raw gas leak. Yes, mercaptan is added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs. But if you are not in the area of the gas appliances and/or you do not have an ability to smell, the odor does you no good. This units must be installed near the gas using appliances. So if your gas furnace and gas water heater are side by side, one natural gas alarm is all you need.

  • No matter how good your nose is, you may not be in the right place at the right time to notice a natural gas or propane leak.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms give NO protection against combustible gas leaks. carbon monoxide sensors detect only carbon monoxide, not raw fuel.
  • Turning off a light, setting a security alarm or closing a door spark a gas explosion or fire. Natural gas leaking from a basement furnace can leak upstairs through hollow walls.
  • Gas can leak into homes via sump pits, inbound water lines or a natural gas well under your home.
  • Each gas appliance is a potential source of a gas leak. Each gas appliance needs its own gas detector
  • We sell two different models with gas specific sensors. These are the Safe-T-Alert Model 40-411-120 and the Safety Siren Pro Gas Alarm; The main differences between the units are how they are installed.

    To properly install the Safe-T-Alert you need an electrical outlet near to the gas appliances. Because this unit has a line cord that is approximately 65 long, mounting ths unit properly is usually less a problem that the direct plug-in Safety Siren. Raw gas detection units must be mounted within 6 inches of the ceiling or on the ceiling at least 12 inches from a wall for natural gas leak protection. Natural gas pools above the appliance: think of an upside down pothole filling with water and you get the picture.

    The Safety Siren requires an electrical outlet near the appliance. Many people choose this option because the Safety Alert unit has a safety tab through which an outlet screw goes. This means the unit cannot be removed from a standard, single screw, double outlet without removing the screw.  These units meet the UL1484 standards for combustible gas alarms.

    Note: UL 1484 listed combustible gas detectors are not detectors for minute gas leaks. Sensors and detectors are tested in a combustible gas environment and meet the UL 1484 standards for alerts of dangerous gas levels. Deliberate exposure to natural gas, butane, propane, etc. can destroy the sensor in this unit. Use the test button to test this unit, not exposure to raw gas.

    Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

    One product of natural gas and all fossil fuels like coal, wood, peat, etc. is carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas. If your furnace and water heater are working properly, carbon monoxide is vented outside. If the vents are not working properly due to obstructions or the furnace heat exchanger cracks, then carbon monoxide is discharged into the air. Unlike combustible gasses, carbon monoxide does not pool but is distributed throughout your air. Carbon monoxide exposure symptoms range from flu-like symptoms to brain damage to death from asphyxiation.

    Recommended at a minimum are carbon monoxide alarms in or outside every bedroom, near the gas appliances and at the top of stairways. The easiest to install are the 9 volt battery units. Believe the alarm even if it sounds intermittently. About 5 years ago, I went to visit my parents in Pennsylvania. They have a washer and gas dryer in their kitchen (since 1952). I noticed that the Costar 9 volt CO alarms were all off their mounts (there were three units total). I was told they were "defective" as they were going off intermittently. I took them home with me and sent them to Quantum Group to be tested. Dave from Quantum phoned and said nothing was wrong with them! Meanwhile, my elderly father did NOT install the plug in Safe-T-Alert unit I had sent them because "I didn't know where to put it." The problem was the vent for the gas dryer was partially clogged with lint!  Since then, local code has changed: their 4 inch diameter gas dryer vent had to be replaced with a 5 inch for the newest dryer to be installed this past year.

    Types of Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

    If you are really concerned about a gas leak, we recommend the Scentry III gas valve shut off systems. Choose from a Scentry III GFRAB LP/Natural Gas Detector Valve Controller with remote sensor capability and a battery back-up option feature or a Scentry III SFGVC Automatic Gas Valve Controller, No Gas Valveunit with a single sensor at the gas valve itself. Scentry units are made in the USA. They do require a special diaphragm type gas valve in 1/2, 3/4 or 1 inch size, a 24 volt power supply and 120VAC or 240VAC power.

    Also install and maintain your smoke alarms which I am sure you already have.

    Thank you for your question and your entry in the Ask Barbara Contest.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    Quantum Eye II, 3 Color Biomimetric Sensor Passive Spot Carbon Monoxide Monitor

    by Barbara 17. July 2010 14:07

    Question about the Quantum Eye II passive carbon monoxide disposal spot monitor.

    Q: "Why would you recommend this carbon monoxide monitor over the single color spot monitors that are much less expensive? I can buy them almost anywhere. Thanks. John, the Private Pilot.

    Answer: The less expensive spot monitors show only safe (yellow) and dangerous (dark) carbon monoxide conditions. As a former private pilot, I had one of the single yellow spot monitors stuck to the instrument panel. I did not know there was any other kind. When the spot turned dark, you'd best have an airfield in sight. Carbon monoxide effects one's ability to think straight. I heard a story from an FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in Minnesota about an experienced pilot whose muffler was leaking CO into the cockpit and needed help from the FBO to find the field and land the plane. He was lucky he didn't pass out first!

    The Quantum Eye II has three colors, yellow for safe, green for caution or ventilate and dark blue for evacuate. Once out of the carbon monoxide, the sensor will regenerate. Sensor life is about 18 months. Obviously, this is not for the color blind pilot.

    We also sell these to forklift drivers in warehouses, truck drivers and home owners who want an extra safety device say on their refrigerator.

    A better choice are the 9Volt RV or Marine units. Unfortunately, at this time, Costar/Quantum is manufacturing only 12V units. The standard home 9Volt battery units are not made for high temperatures or high humidity. There are 12V RV units available. However, for aviation use, you need to get an FAA approval to mount permanently any non-aviation approved device in an airplane.

    Thanks for your question. Fly safely.

    Sincerely, Barbara