Four Steps to CO Safety
As the autumn weather settles in and temperatures get cooler, we look to things like our furnaces or gas fireplaces to warm up our homes. With that, CO exposure can be a hazard and can have life-threatening consequences.
According to the TSSA, to keep your home safe from CO hazards, follow these 4 steps:
- Be aware of the hazard – CO is an invisible, odourless and poisonous gas produced by household appliances.
- Eliminate CO at the source. Get your home’s fuel burning appliances and equipment inspected by a certified technician.
- Install CO alarms. They will warn you of rising CO levels, giving you time to take potentially life-saving action.
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning. They are similar to the flu – nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion and drowsiness – except there is no fever. If they appear, immediately get everyone, including pets, outside to fresh air and call 911 and/or your local fire department.
(Article found in the latest issue of the TSSA brochure, Fall 2014)