|What is it?
||A colourless, odorless, tasteless gas.
||Stuffy air, excessive moisture on windows and soot around appliances and vents.
||Dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and loss of muscle control. Can be confused with influenza.
||If inhaled, carbon monoxide takes away oxygen from the blood. Prolonged exposure can lead to unconsciousness, brain damage or death.
||Blocked or dirty vents, flues, chimneys and furnaces, as well as improper ventilation of burning fireplaces and wood stoves.
||Annual inspection and cleaning of furnaces, chimneys, fireplaces and dryers
Install at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home
Safety tips to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning
- Every year have a qualified service technician check the furnace and other fuel-burning equipment for safety and efficiency.
- Make sure a wood or coal burning stove is properly installed and vented and has adequate combustion air - e.g. open window.
- Do not operate a gasoline-powered engine, kerosene stove or charcoal grill in a closed space.
- Clean and inspect your chimneys regularly.
- Barbeque grills should never be operated indoors.
- Do not leave a vehicle motor running in the garage - even with the garage doors open.
- Do not run exhaust fans, power attic vents or central vacuum systems continuously.
If you suspect carbon monoxide in your home, leave right away and call the fire department.
Last updated: 28/09/2011 8:31:12 PM