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Carbon Monoxide Safety

News Release: Chief Coroner reminds Islanders of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a by product of combustion and is something that we breath in every day. When levels of CO get to high they can be a health hazard that can result in illness or even death. The most likely place that you will face Carbon Monoxide poisoning is in your own home. Here are some quick facts on Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

What is it?   A colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas.
Signs:   Stuffy air, excessive moisture on windows and soot aroundappliances and vents
Symptoms:   Dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and loss of muscle control. Can be confused with influenza.
Effects:   If inhaled, CO takes away oxygen from the blood. Prolonged exposure can lead to unconsciousness, brain damage or death.
Causes:   Blocked or dirty vents, flues, chimneys and furnaces, as well as improper ventilation of burning fireplaces and wood stoves.
Deaths:   In the area of 200 Canadians per year (Canada Safety Council stats).
Prevention:   Annual inspection and cleaning of Furnaces - Chimneys - Fireplaces -Dryers.

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.
  • 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.
  • Install a CO alarm in your home.

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

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