Thursday, January 24, 2008

Are You Safe in Your Home?

Carbon monoxide is a gas that is toxic, odourless, colourless gas. It is known as The Silent Killer. Take caution that this silent killer does not become an unwanted guest in the spaces you consider safe?

Your whole home is in need of protection from this silent killer. Areas like: your home including bedroom areas and especially your basement, garage, cottage, ski chalet, car, recreational vehicle and workplace. The same cautions apply when staying with friends or away on holiday, so spread the word.

It is important to know the symptoms of this fatal invisible contaminant. The symptoms can often often be mistaken for those of flu by family members and physicians. Even exposure to low levels of CO can cause health problems, brain damage or death. What specific actions have you taken to be sure tasteless, toxic CO cannot leak into your sleeping rooms and other spaces where you live, work, play and breath? Invest in a carbon monoxide detector, as well as a smoke detector.

CO poisoning symptoms include:

  • Headache, dizziness, blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion and compromised judgement
  • Fatigue and extreme sleepiness

Carbon monoxide is consume gas, oil, coal or wood. CO is produced in car exhaust, poorly-ventilated gas heaters, indoor fires and tobacco smoke. You're vulnerable if you are near, or you breath air that is near, a fuel-burning gas furnace, boiler, engine, water heater, open fire or oil burner.

The solution is to attack both these failings in all the spaces you and your family use. Which of the following safety steps have you taken to protect yourself and your family?

  • Carry out regular drills (perhaps when you practice fire escape routes). Then, if a CO alarm sounds, everyone knows what to do-get outside, breath fresh air as quickly as possible and then call 911. Because the gas has no smell, treat every alarm as a danger warning.
Compliance with this CO prevention and detection list, in all the spaces you enjoy with your family and friends, will allow everyone to breath freely and safely.