Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless toxic gas. It can come from defective appliances, clothes dryers, furnaces or exhaust fumes from cars in garages. This gas can cause a coma or death.
Here are some safety tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from happening:
Make sure to check the labels of all your carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they meet standards such as CSA, CGA, ULC or UL. It is important to have carbon monoxide alarms on all levels of a home, particularly near sleeping areas and the home's heating source. Carbon monoxide alarms have been shown to prevent deaths from carbon monoxide poisonings.
Most carbon monoxide alarms need to be replaced every five to seven years, regardless of use. Check the manufacturer’s guide on when your alarm needs to be replaced. There is usually a spot to write a replacement date reminder on the device.
Annual maintenance on all fuel-burning appliances and furnaces is important to minimize the risk of carbon monoxide poisonings. Be sure that wood-burning stoves and fireplace vents are clear.