British Columbia’s annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1 to 7 and White Rock Fire Rescue is reminding you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) build up in your home by properly maintaining all fuel-burning appliances and installing CO alarms.
White Rock Fire Rescue also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a wood or gas fireplace, an attached garage or any other fuel-burning appliance, such as furnaces, hot water heaters or dryers. It’s important to never use barbeques or portable fuel-burning heaters inside the home or garage, even if the garage doors are open. Only use them outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings.
A working CO alarm should be installed on every storey of your home and next to each sleeping area. Make sure to test and clean your carbon monoxide alarms regularly and replace them according to manufacturer’s instructions.