SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Fire Department has recently received a donation of 216 combination smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms from Enbridge Gas.
The combination smoke and CO alarms will be distributed throughout the community in Uxbridge, to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
The donation is a part of Enbridge Gas’s Project Zero, a campaign focused on reducing the number of fire and CO related deaths each year.
“We call CO the silent killer, you can’t see it, you can’t taste it, the only way you can detect if it is in your home is with a CO detector,” said Capitan Colin Clark, of the Uxbridge Fire Department.
He added, without CO alarms people may not be aware of CO poisoning until it is too late.
“It’s so dangerous when it builds up in your home, because there is no odour, no smell, and no sign of it. It’s not until you have signs and symptoms of the poisoning that you might think there is something wrong. If you are sleeping, it can be too late,” Colin said.
CO is a toxic, odourless, gas that is created through incomplete combustion of fuel. It is important for everybody to ensure all their fuel burning equipment is properly maintained, to prevent CO buildup, according to Colin.
As the summer season comes to an end and temperatures drop, fuel powered heating appliances will be used more often, so it is important to ensure they are operating safely.
“Once we start firing up all our furnaces, it is really good to have them maintained and checked by a professional every year,” Colin said. “Clean your vents, clean your chimneys, and make sure all of the vents around the house are clear of debris.”
Water heaters, fire places, garages, and fuel burning appliances are all potential sources of a CO leak, so it is important to have them checked annually.
“If you’re not able to have your appliances inspected, a carbon monoxide detector is imperative to have in the home,” said Tanya Bruckmueller, manager of external communications at Enbridge Gas.
Enbridge Gas’s is using the Project Zero campaign to increase awareness around CO safety.
“Our goal is to also boost awareness, around the importance of installing CO alarms, and other types of preventative steps that people can take to ensure their families stay safe,” said Tanya Bruckmueller.
She added, “We’ve been doing this program since 2009. It remains to be a very important program for us, to ensure our customers and the residence that live in the communities we serve are safe.”
Colin is looking forward to distributing the 216 alarms, to people who need them in the Uxbridge community.
He said, “We need to get out there in the community, and make sure people who need these alarms receive them.”
He already plans to leave some with the Foodbank to distribute, and will be giving demonstrations, as well as donating some to Community Care.
He encourages everyone to install CO detection alarms outside of sleeping areas, adding it is the law.
The Uxbridge Fire Department will be working in the community to address other safety issues, from October 8th to 14th, for Fire Safety Week. Anyone with questions, concerning CO detection, smoke alarms, or fire safety, can receive additional information from the Uxbridge Fire Department, by calling 905-852-3393.
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