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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Flourish Excel set off smoke detectors?

I dosed Flourish Excel for the first time this morning, 40mg in a 75 gallon tank. The smoke alarms in my apartment have gone off several times since, I can't determine the cause. The alarms have a picture of a carbon molecule on them, they must also function as carbon monoxide detectors. Didn't get any results searching for related terms on internets.
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Id contact your apartment management asap and have them look at your detectors. Nothing in our tanks would set off a smoke alarm unless it was on fire or melting. Carbon dioxide is used for our tanks and the alarms detect carbon monoxide. Excel isn't even carbon dioxide, it's a glutaraldehyde and water solution so excel is not the cause of your alarms going off. I apologize if I'm sounding short but if your detectors are detecting carbon monoxide, you need someone to check if there is carbon monoxide in your apartment because it is poisonous and can be fatal. I'd open some windows to get some ventation until you can get your alarm issues resolved. Just lookin out!
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I think you're overreacting...there's no way excel will trigger a smoke alarm.
Did you pour it on the smoke detector?lol

I should be expecting the firefighters then at the rate I'm dosing excel.
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I've never had this happen to me either. Maybe someone else can share their experiences?
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I really don't see any way Excel can trigger an alarm lol
You should probably get an expert to check around the house just to be safe and find the actual source, but do it as soon as possible.

Let us know how it goes, keep it safe Royal

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Just trying to rule things out, I thought it could be remotely possible. I cant get ahold of my property manager since it's sunday, but I got a smoke detector without a monoxide detector, which also goes off. I'm speculating it has something to do with this being the first day cold enough for the heating system is in use, maybe there's dust in the exhaust. Have to wait to tmrw to have it checked. Thanks
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unless it had some type of chemical reaction to another chemical in your tank and smoke started pouring out i highly doubt excel would set off your fire alarm
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Pretty sure its impossible. When I first read this thread I was slightly intrigued so I did a small test. I am in charge of our buildings fire life safety system at work. We have smoke detectors that are more than 10X as sensitive as standard detectors for our clean room, I dumped some Excel next to a intake pipe and got 0, I then took a CO detector that detects down to PPM and also got 0 ppm.
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Many fire alarms aren't "smoke detectors" anymore. They are actually heat sensitive sensors - so I suspect the heat coming on probably triggered the alarms. However, if you got a carbon signal then perhaps the dust "burning" off may produce a level high enough to trip the sensor. Best to open windows and have it checked out as suggested!

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