ADDITION: MEDIA RELEASE: Beat the Silent Killer: How To Prevent CO In Your Home

ADDITION: Daylight Savings comes to an end on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 2 a.m. While residents are turning their clocks back by one hour, it is recommended to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and if necessary, replace the batteries.

 

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From: Communications
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:19 AM
To: Communications
Subject: MEDIA RELEASE: Beat the Silent Killer: How To Prevent CO In Your Home

 

During Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, November 1 -7, Caledon Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually. Smoke and CO alarms should be tested and if necessary, replace the batteries. All alarms, regardless if they are powered by electricity or battery, should be replaced after 10-years.

 

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Fire Chief Darryl Bailey. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Residents should test their CO alarms and get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.”  Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

 

This time of year is also a reminder to turn back all clocks by one hour, as Daylight Savings comes to an end on Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2 a.m.

 

Prevent CO in your home:

·     Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

·     Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.

·     Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.

·     Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.

·     Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

·     Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.

·     Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

 

Know the symptoms of CO

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.

If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately then call 911from outside the building.

If your CO alarm sounds and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its "end-of-life" before calling 911.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

 

For more CO safety tips, visit caledon.ca/fireresources, the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, and COsafety.ca. Please also see the attached CO info sheet.

 

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