Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is held Nov. 1-7 and Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal is reminding Ontarians to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside all sleeping areas and test them monthly.
“Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly,” said Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg in a statement. “Only working CO alarms can detect its presence.”
According to a press release, in Ontario, approximately 65 per cent of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home. The law requires CO alarms to be installed outside all sleeping areas of homes with a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. It is also recommended that CO alarms are installed on every storey.
“We want to ensure Ontarians are safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is an opportunity to think about CO safety and take the necessary steps to keep safe,” added Pegg.
CO facts, tips and a list of registered contractors are available at COsafety.ca.
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