Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety Awareness
BC Furnace is committed to educating people about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Unfortunately, Canadians are killed in their homes every year from CO, and in many cases, these deaths are completely avoidable. Knowing the facts about CO, and taking the right preventative measures, can help keep your home & family safe.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colourless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels.
CO is produced as a result of incomplete burning of carbon-containing fuels including: Coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas and fuel oil.
CO can be emitted by combustion sources such as:
Problems can arise as a result of improper installation, maintenance, or inadequate ventilation.
What Are The Health Effects Of CO?
Carbon monoxide interferes with the distribution of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. Depending on the amount inhaled, this gas can impede coordination, worsen cardiovascular conditions, and produce fatigue, headache, weakness, confusion, disorientation, nausea and dizziness. Very high levels can cause death within minutes. The symptoms are sometimes confused with the flu or food poisoning. Fetuses, children, elderly and people with heart and respiratory illnesses are particularly at high risk for the adverse health effects of CO.
Ways to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
What if I have CO poisoning?
Don’t ignore the symptoms, especially if more than one person is feeling them. If you think you are suffering from CO poisoning, you should:
Be prepared to answer the following questions:
How Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Help
Included in BC Furnace’s Annual Service & Safety Inspection is a free CO Alarm. CO detectors are a great tool and a solid backup. They are NOT, however, a replacement for proper use and maintenance of your fuel-burning appliance.
To help keep your home and family safe, book your inspection today – 604.415.9471
Furnace Warranties and Rebates
Most furnace manufacturers offer a 10-year parts warranty on units that have been annually serviced. To learn if you qualify for government or manufacturer cash incentives, visit our Rebates page.