Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your HomeAdvice from North & West Vancouver Realtor Andrew Reid
According to Statistics Canada, carbon monoxide, an invisible, odourless, and colourless gas has caused
380 accidental deaths in the country between 2000 and 2009.
With the help of the Canada Safety Council, here are four things all home owners
should know about recognizing and preventing carbon monoxide poisoning:
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when fuels, such as natural gas, gasoline, oil, propane, wood or
coal are burned and not properly ventilated out. For example, a buildup of CO can occur with a blocked
chimney or a poorly ventilated parking garage. Other risk factors include fuel-burning generators, space
heaters, barbecues and charcoal grills that are brought indoors when they are actually intended for
2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
In Ontario, a law has been in place since December 2013 to equip residential buildings with carbon
monoxide detectors. Without these detectors, you would be hard pressed to detect when carbon
monoxide is present. It is advisable to check and monitor detectors regularly, as is inspecting and
maintaining exhaust fans, furnaces, chimneys, and vents for blockages.
3. Know The Symptoms
When present in low levels, carbon monoxide can be the cause of persistent headaches, sleepiness,
shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms. If residents complain of these symptoms, it is important for
management to get everyone, including pets, outside to fresh air immediately. Higher levels of exposure
to carbon monoxide can cause convulsions, coma, and death within as little as a few minutes.
4. Turn Off Your Cars
Vehicles idling in a garage, especially when the door is closed, produce CO. Building owners and
managers should instruct work crews to wear proper respiratory equipment if they are required to be
working in confined spaces where CO level could potentially be dangerously high.
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selling apartment buildings in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland by Andrew Reid from Hadden