Did you know November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month? Prepare your home by installing a CSA-approved CO alarm on each level of your home. If you already have CO alarms, be sure to check the batteries or replace the alarm if it’s more than 7-10 years old. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and colorless so you may be unable to detect it the way you would detect smoke or a fire in your home. Effective October 15, 2014 carbon monoxide alarms are required in all households in Ontario regardless of the age of the home.
Advantage Airtech supports the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation in bringing awareness about carbon monoxide and how to make your home safe for you and your family. Many people are aware of the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, but do you know what to do in the event that your CO alarm goes off? Here’s a list of steps to take in the event of an emergency:
- Pay attention to the type and frequency of beeps coming from the alarm. Check the manufacturer’s user guide when you install your alarm so you are able to differentiate between the beeps. It will have a separate beep for low battery, end of life of the alarm, and an emergency. Emergency beeps are typically 4 short beeps at 5-second intervals. If you hear this, treat it as an emergency situation.
- Evacuate the home or move to an open window or door where you can access fresh air, even if no one is experiencing CO poisoning symptoms. Then call 911 or the fire department.
- Check to make sure everyone in your home is accounted for and no one is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning.
- Stay outside or near a fresh air source until emergency responders have investigated your home and give you clearance to re-enter your home and reset the alarm.