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It is important to understand what carbon monoxide is and how you can keep your home and family safe.
Kitchener Utilities and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) show in the below video how you can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, toxic gas that enters the body through the lungs during the normal breathing process. It replaces oxygen in the blood and prevents the flow of oxygen to the heart, brain and other vital organs. Low levels over long periods of time are dangerous, and high levels can cause unconsciousness and even death. To keep your indoor air clean and healthy, be sure that fuel-burning devices are well ventilated, maintained and inspected frequently.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is produced when carbon-based fuels are incompletely burned such as: wood, propane, natural gas, heating oil, coal, kerosene, charcoal, and gasoline. Regular maintenance and inspection of your appliances can help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide in your home by making sure they are safe and working efficiently. You can read more about carbon monoxide by visiting http://www.cosafety.ca/
Kitchener Utilities and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) show how you can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
A carbon monoxide detector is the best way to detect carbon monoxide in your home. The detector will beep loudly and quickly to let you know that carbon monoxide is present and that you should evacuate the home immediately and call 911. There are also several physical and environmental signs that suggest carbon monoxide presence.
ALWAYS REACT TO A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR THAT HAS ALARMED! IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE BUILDING AND CALL 911.
How can I protect myself and my family?
Your natural gas appliances should be inspected annually by a TSSA certified technician to ensure they are operating safely and efficiently.
Recent changes to provincial legislation affect carbon monoxide regulations for homeowners, making CO detectors mandatory in most homes. Many residents are wondering how the regulations affect them, when they need to act, and what they need to do. To learn more about these new regulations, visit Kitchener Fire Department.