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In another thread, someone posted that he thought swimming pool heaters are the greatest CO danger. I do not have the statistics, and that may be correct. However I notice a new threat that is becoming more common: natural gas powered electric generators.
I am having one installed. All done, actually, other than finding a qualified plumber to run the gas line. One will do it with CSST, and I refuse to have that at all, especially outdoors. So I am waiting. Plumbers, electricians, etc., are in short supply these days as people are still recovering from storm Sandy. I did get a qualified contractor to provide the equipment and make the installation. He got it through the zoning board, and then pulled the required permits. As he started the installation, I compared what his team was doing compared to how a neighbor's system was installed. It seems the safety code says a backup generator must be at least 5 feet away from a combustible wall. Mine is, my neighbor's is not. Also, the code is very fussy about how it is wired so power company employees do not get electrocuted when they thing the power is off, but the generator is running, etc. The meter pan must have a plastic plate saying there is a backup generator connected. Mine does, my neighbor's does not. The main disconnect has to have a plate saying not only that there is a backup generator connected, but state where it is. And so on.
It seems to me that the neighbor either installed it himself and never went to the zoneing board and never got it inspected, or he hired a seriously incompetent contractor. Also, the generator is less than 5 feet from a window that can be opened, and that is not code around here.
Who wants to bet there is a working CO detector in the room with the window less than 5 feet from that generator?