WARNING!!! Carbon Monoxide will KILL YOU!

Jim Pemberton

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Thank you for posting this Fred.

As the colder months set in through most of North America, these kind of deadly mistakes are repeated over and over again.

This also applies to working on your machine in an garage when the unit needs to be run to test what you've just fixed.

Let yourself get cold and wet; don't become another sad story to be shared as a cautionary tale.
 

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Pretty sure a husband and wife made this mistake last year and passed away . Thought it might have been one of John Olsen custy's.
 
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We were cleaning a townhouse a few weeks ago and the only way in was parking parallel to the garage in an alley. George turned the attic fan on while I was downstairs cleaning the basement. Next thing we know, the fire dept. was there. It sucked the carbon monoxide not only into the (thankfully) vacant house we were cleaning, but the neighbors as well. Her detector started going off and she panicked. The fire fighters came in with meters and of course explained to George about the attic fan. I come upstairs hearing all the commotion and went next door to check on the neighbor. She was an older woman and I just felt awful!!! I offered to give her a free carpet cleaning for the horrible inconvenience.
We were able to get everything cleared out quickly and the fire dudes were very gracious, so was the woman. George was embarrassed!
I have seen pics of guys parking their vans in parking garages and I shudder to think about what can happen.
This is a great reminder for those who would not take it into consideration. :rockon:
 

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that is making the assumption that the exhaust system on the vehicle /unit is sound up to the exit point .......no leaks............or that the potential doesn't exist for it to come off (their kid or dog knocks it off)

that might be good for working on the van/unit..............not leaving it running unsupervised for hours
 

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We don't run a direct drive and our exhaust is through a floor kit so something like that would not work anyway right? Still seems too risky for the reasons Fred stated above.
 
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Can you use a muffler hose like in an auto repair garage, just to vent to the outside.
 

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i have to be aware of how i park my 570 because we have set off 3 in the last 2 years..parking 6-7 feet away from a garage but angled toward the garage will
set off a alarm in about 30 mins..pain in the ass

i angle the machine away from the garage..would love to figure a was to divert the exhaust on the 570
 

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It's surprising how far the exhaust will travel. I have set off a few when I wasn't even close to the door. I now park as far away as possible. Better to run an extra 50' of hose then wake up dead.
 
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Always point your exhaust away from the job site. Place a flood fan to disperse the exhaust if in doubt. 2 cleaners dead in richmond, BC a couple of years ago. Running a spitfire in the garage.
 
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i keep getting people who are like, just pull your van in the garage. im like NO! and i explain we dont incase of a fire. because when people hear carbon monoxide they cringe.
 
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You don't need to be in the garage , if your blower in aiming into the garage it will set off the alarms. this happen to me once. now I make sure my truckmount is after the garage. Does anyone have a link to the alarm on the cone, what a great idea!!!
 

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bump...Saiger's fresh snow reminded me its getting cold enough for folks to gas themselves

edit: some portable detectors
https://amzn.to/2Dvgnkw
I'm glad you mentioned this Fred.

Even on that job in the video, the homeowners said "you can back right into the garage if you wish".

That was one of 4 this past couple of week inviting me to do that.

I explained to all of them we are going to be running the van while cleaning and we would want to leave it outside to avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

I know a young new cleaner might be tempted especially in the temps we are having right now.

Be safe everyone....
 

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Getting rid of a paid for working truckmount is like getting rid of a paid for gun. But I get it, just messing with you. I use a Bane as a porty for any occasion I can’t use a truckmount.
 

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