Muskoka Fire Prevention Officers Prepare The Community For Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

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Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the Muskoka Fire Prevention Officers remind you to prevent carbon monoxide in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually. “In Ontario, more than 80% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Muskoka Lakes Fire Chief Richard Hayes. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuelburning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

Muskoka Fire Prevention also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuelburning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.
“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Hayes. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”
If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

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