Prevent Carbon Monoxide From Taking Over Your Home

December 14th 2010
Prevent Carbon Monoxide From Taking Over Your Home

Follow these easy steps to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide:

- Immediately move your car out of the garage after starting it. This prevents exhaust fumes from seeping into your home through connecting doors and vents.

- Familiarize yourself with the operating and maintenance manuals provided with your fuel burning appliances.

- A licensed gas fitter should check gas appliances. Some appliance manufacturers recommend annual inspection and maintenance

- Check that chimneys and vents are not corroded or blocked.

- Keep combustion air inlet ducts clear. They can become blocked by accumulated snow and ice.

- Operate your kitchen exhaust fan when using your gas stove. Combustion products and water vapours that are produced when cooking can then be ventilated outside.

- If you are adding a new fuel burning appliance or making changes to your home's ventilation system, including adding new windows and additional insulation, consult a qualified heating contractor. Changes may upset the operation of existing appliances.

- Use appliances only for the purpose for which they are intended. Portable propane camping equipment and gas barbecues are approved for outdoor use only. They should never be used inside cabins, recreational vehicles, boats or tents. Read the labels on recreational appliances and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.

- Never use a gas cooking range for space heating purposes.

- Do not operate chainsaws, lawnmowers and snow blowers in a closed area (garage, workshop etc.)

- Open a window when using a wood fireplace or operating large kitchen/bathroom fans in a tightly sealed house.

- Inform your family members about the symptoms and causes of CO poisoning. Work together to minimize the production of CO in your home. Symptoms can include headache, running nose, sore eyes, drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting.

- When you are going to purchase a new CO Detector, make sure it is approved to the latest standards.  *Look for CSA 6.19 or CSA 6.19-01 on the package*

For more information, visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website.