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Carbon monoxide detectors affected by termite fumigation?

Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Mike Cooper, Sep 12, 2004.

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  1. Mike Cooper

    Mike Cooper Guest

    Anybody out there know if the use of Vikane gas for termite fumigation
    (tenting) will damage the sensor element in carbon monoxide detectors?
    Since it's colorless and odorless I'm guessing it would not affect smoke
    detectors of either the photo or ion variety, but I'm debating whether
    to remove the CO detectors from the building altogether rather than just
    disabling the respective zones on the alarm control. The installer's
    guides refer to "sensor poisoning" from paint fumes and high-density
    corrosive gases - no mention of Vikane.

  2. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    Contact the manufacturer (Dow in this instance) to find out if there are any
    corrosive properties to the gas. There's a fact sheet I found simply doing
    a Google on "Vikane gas":

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  3. Aegis

    Aegis Guest

    Here is the MSDS: MSDS.pdf

    Protection of Firefighters

    Wear protective clothing and use self-contained breathing apparatus.

    When fighting fires in atmospheres containing potentially high

    concentrations of Vikane, encapsulating protective suits should be worn

    due to possible formation of hydrofluoric acid. Protective suit

    material should be compatible with exposure to hydrofluoric acid."
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