Carbon monoxide is responsible for a lot of deaths across Canada. It is a tasteless, odorless, colorless and worst of all poisonous gas.
Carbon monoxide is produced due to the burning of following fuels:
- Natural gas
- Oil etc.
Carbon monoxide is really a problem during the winter months when wood stoves, wood fireplaces, and furnaces are in full use. It can build up and leak into your home if the ventilation systems for these appliances are blocked or damaged.
Precious lives can be at risk even exposed to small amount of carbon monoxide and families can be put to suffering.
We recommend you the following steps to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and keep your family safe:
1. BBQ Exposure: BBQ must be kept outdoor, Never bring BBQ to inside garage or basement. It’s extremely dangerous. Outdoor appliances are only intended to be used outdoors and gases should be released into the open atmosphere.
Never bring an outdoor gas appliance including generators, lanterns, or any other appliances with gas-powered engines inside your house.
2.Check your vents: You must check all your vents whether they are floor vents, dryer vents, and/or chimneys. Make sure they are clear of debris or other obstructions that could block carbon monoxide release to the open atmosphere.
3.Watch the symptoms: Exposure to carbon monoxide results in the symptoms like shortness of breath, dull headaches, confusion, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, or physical weakness. If you have noticed any of the symptoms mentioned and notice that they are not present when you are outside of the home, chances are you are exposed to carbon monoxide. Rush outside the home along with pets immediately and contact the local fire department.
4.Maintain your Appliances: Have your fuel-burning appliances including furnace, hot water heater, and wood-burning stove inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for other required maintenance. If you have a chimney, you should have it inspected and cleaned by a licensed professional every year.
5. Take Help from technology: Install good quality carbon monoxide detectors that have been certified by the Canadian Standard Association. Install at least one alarm on each level of your home close to family’s sleeping areas.
Carbon monoxide detectors should not be blocked by furniture or drapes. Test each month, replace batteries and the unit itself as recommended by the manufacturer and follow other maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturer.
6. Remember: Carbon monoxide is deadly so keep your eyes open for any signs. Remember, lives are previous and suspicion is not a crime.
These are just a few of the safety measures you can take to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Check out the Government of Canada’s website for more info.
if you have more questions, please feel free to contact us.