W.C. Meek Design and Construction offers maintenance services through our 360 HOME division which specializes in small projects, service and maintenance work. Fall inspections are available which ensures your home is ready for the winter season. Checking for damaged or blocked venting and the chimney are part of this inspection. Please contact us to book your inspection at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-690-1919.
We wanted to ensure that your home is ready for the winter and that you are informed with regards to the new law regarding installation of CO alarms. Have your furnace, gas stove, fireplace or fuel-burning appliances checked on a yearly basis as well. WCM can help schedule these inspections for you.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is often referred to as “the silent killer” because you can’t smell, see or taste it. CO is a leading cause of accidental poisonings in Ontario every year.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
What You Need to Know
As of April 15, 2015, it’s the law to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms near sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance (including natural gas), a fireplace or an attached garage. To learn more visit the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services’ Carbon Monoxide Alarm Portal.
Most people have heard of CO and know that it’s dangerous. But it’s often a mystery of where it comes from, how it’s produced, and what steps can be taken to keep you and your family safe.
CO has no smell, colour or taste, but is very poisonous. The symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu but without a fever. CO poisoning stops your blood from absorbing oxygen and exposure to high levels can cause brain damage or even death.
CO can be caused by poorly maintained or malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances, damaged or blocked venting, or from a blocked chimney.
Protect Against the Dangers of CO
The best way to ensure that you and your family are not exposed to carbon monoxide is to eliminate this poisonous gas at the source.
Getting an annual inspection of your furnace and other fuel-burning appliances by a certified technician from a registered Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractor is the most important step in preventing the dangers of CO buildup.
Install a CO alarm outside of all sleeping areas. These will warn you of rising levels of CO, giving you and your family time to escape. For added protection, install a CO alarm on each level of your home.
You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing, maintaining and testing the alarm and follow these guidelines:
- When you change your clocks in the spring and fall, test your alarm and change the batteries.
- CO alarms have a limited life. If you have a battery-operated CO alarm, know the lifespan of its batteries and sensors. A CO alarm sounding intermittently may be a sign of a low battery or an aging sensor.
If Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Sounds
- Open windows and doors to let fresh air in.
- Call 911 or your local fire department.
- If someone shows symptoms, leave the building immediately and seek medical help.
To find out more on how to protect against the dangers of CO, visit the Technical Standards and Safety Authority’s CO Safety website.