Carbon Monoxide or (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas produced by burning carbon based fuels. Common sources of Carbon Monoxide are vehicle exhaust, heating systems and generators. Household appliances such as your gas stove and dryer, kerosene heaters and BBQ,s when brought indoors.
When you breathe in carbon monoxide, it builds up quickly and combines with the blood to produce ‘carboxyhemoglobin’ (COHb), which reduces the ability of blood to carry oxygen,” Health Canada says on its website
When carbon monoxide is introduced into the air you feel like you have the flu without the fever. You can feel a headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea all very subtle symptoms to a very dangerous and live threatening condition. People may end up with irreversible brain damage or death. Loved ones could die or have serious brain damage within as little as 10 minutes of being exposed to carbon monoxide. If you think that you have been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning immediately seek fresh air and medical attention.
To keep this dangerous gas from killing you and your loved ones have all fuel burning devices that are not rated for indoors outside, and maintaining your indoor fuel burning devices. It is far to dangerous to bring your BBQ or gas generator indoors when a power failure happens. Secondly by simply installing and maintaining a Carbon Monoxide detector. A detector should be installed in front of all sleeping areas of your home. Detectors are available in both battery operated and direct connect to a power point. When you hear the detector going off immediately leave the building and call the fire department.
The provincial government in 2013 introduced the Hawkins Gignac act. They are a family of four who died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning in 2008. This act makes the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in all homes and apartments. A carbon monoxide detector must be installed outside all sleeping areas of our home. You have until April 15 2015 to comply.
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