Fri May 3, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The list of links to news stories on MTI Industries’ website detailing carbon monoxide tragedies is long. Several times a week, someone dies or is injured. Most of these cases involve homes or apartments, but there have been many cases through the years involving RVs.
MTI Industries Inc., a specialist in carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms for the RV and marine markets, recently introduced a lithium-battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm. The Safe-T-Alert Model SA-339 RV carbon monoxide alarm features an end-of-life signal notifying RVers when to replace it.
David Buddingh, who handles marketing for MTI, says the end-of-life feature is in the form of a clock. The clock ticks toward the five-year mark. After five years of being powered, the alarm provides a warning sound. Owners then have a 30-day window where they can re-set the alarm for three days at a time before the alarm completely stops.
Buddingh says some of the older alarm manufacturers have gone out of business in recent years and this product offers a replacement that resembles alarms RV owners had before.
“It’s a little larger than alarms you would find in most retail stores,” Buddingh says. “It will cover any mounting issues from older alarms. It allows RVers to freshen up the look with an added safety feature. A lot of the older manufacturers have gone out of business over the years, so people are out looking for replacements and they like to replace their alarms with something that looks like what they had.”
Buddingh says MTI has been trying convince RVers that carbon monoxide alarms have a shelf life and must eventually be replaced. The lithium battery is sealed in, so when it expires it can’t be replaced, so a new alarm is required.
“We have been pounding the drums for decades that these alarms work 24-7 for years, but they don’t last forever,” Buddingh says. “This is the replacement alarm people have been waiting for.”
The new alarm meets all RVIA and National Fire Protection Association requirements.