With over 65% of all CO injuries and fatalities in Ontario occurring in homes, the approximate two-week campaign, themed “Working together in Our Community – Think Safe”, focuses on delivering important CO safety messages to community residents through various mediums including, community posters, direct mail, handouts, social media, radio and other communication channels.
What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)
CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly. CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.
Be in the Know About CO-Take Action, Think Safe:
- Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a TSSA-certified fuel technician.
- Install and regularly test certified CO alarms in your home.
Lastly, know the symptoms of CO poisoning. They are similar to the flu – nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion and drowsiness – except there is no fever. If they appear, it is imperative to get everyone outside to fresh air immediately and call 911 or the local fire department.
For more CO safety tips visit www.COsafety.ca.
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