Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week: Time to Act

Posted On Monday November 01, 2021

Cornwall Fire Services is spreading the word from November 1 to 7: carbon monoxide can be deadly, and your actions can make the difference.

“This is very personal for me,” said Fire Chief Jeff Weber. “I lived in a community where a family passed away because their carbon monoxide alarm wasn’t working. Please test your alarm, ensure you have one on every floor, and get fuel-burning appliances inspected every year.”

Throughout the week, Cornwall Fire Services and the City of Cornwall will be sharing tips – important action items – for Cornwall residents. Just a few key steps can make homes safer, and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  1. Install carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure you have one on every floor of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Test your carbon monoxide alarm regularly. Replace batteries and the alarm itself according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Hire a professional to inspect appliances like furnaces, fireplaces, gas stoves, and water heaters once a year. Homeowners should inspect stoves, heaters, and refrigerators for leaks, cracks, blocked vents, and more.
  4. Ensure exhaust vents aren’t covered after a snowstorm. Do this for your dryer, furnace, fireplace, chimney, wood or gas stove, and heat recovery ventilator.

More than 50 people die each year in Canada from carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Carbon monoxide is called a silent killer because you can’t see it, smell it, or taste it,” said Deputy Chief Leighton Woods. “Symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath are signs you’re breathing in carbon monoxide.”

If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, leave your home right away and call 911 from a safe place.

Learn more about fire prevention in Cornwall.

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