Chirping carbon monoxide detector means it’s time for an update

By Alyssa Donovan

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Is there an annoying chirping in your hallway? Well it may be time for a safety upgrade.

It is a familiar sound to many this year, the chirp of your carbon monoxide detector.

“Starting in January we received a rash of calls. A lot of these were end of life chirps, meaning their CO detectors life expectancy has come to an end,” said Scott Stidman, Gas Superintendent for the Village of Morton.

The Village of Morton has received more than 30 calls about detectors since the beginning of this year, 14 of which were chirping because they were out of date.

“Typically in the newer models we’re seeing a seven to 10 year lifespan,” Stidman said.

So why are the detectors dying now? Because of a state law called the Carbon Monoxide Act that went into affect in 2007.

The law requires that anyone using fossil fuels for burning or anyone with an attached garage to have a CO detector.

“This act went into affect and a lot of people went out and bought CO detectors to meet the law and now seven years later on certain models that’s when they are all coming in,” Stidman said.

But some of the older models do not make that chirping sound when they have reached the end of their lifespan.

Which is why you should inspect your carbon monoxide detector once a year, check the date and replace the batteries.

If your device has reached its life expectancy, replace it and quick because they are flying off the shelves.

“If you don’t have one, you need one because they do save lives,” Stidman said.

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