The first week of November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, and a good reminder for your family to check the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector in your home, and test the unit. If you haven’t installed one in your home,
Many families, us included, have not installed a carbon monoxide detector in their home, thinking that a fire alarm or smoke detector is enough. We were one of these families, and it wasn’t until we had a scare with Carbon Monoxide and a hot water tank installation that we were prompted to install one in our home. Looking back, I can’t believe that we just let this slide to the bottom of our to-do list,
Carbon monoxide alarm. Smoke detectors. Safety ladders that they can use to safety escape their bedrooms in case of a fire. Memorized emergency numbers. Plan A, B, and C for emergencies.
CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS WEEK
In Alberta, November 1-7 is carbon monoxide awareness week. It’s the perfect time for every parent to educate themselves about the carbon monoxide, and the risks that present themselves in our homes.
Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it’s invisible, silent and odourless. In an enclosed space, such as a home or garage, CO exposure can lead to serious illness or death.
Taking measures to prevent exposure can be simple, but there are often things that get overlooked in our busy lives, like having the furnace and natural gas appliances checked regularly by a qualified technician. You can read more about carbon monoxide prevention in your home, here.
Educating yourself is an important part of the parenting job – and let’s face it, there’s always room to learn. In fact, we learned something this week: It’s recommended to have one carbon monoxide alarm per floor, in the home. If you only have one, it should be placed near the bedrooms. Our sole carbon monoxide alarm is placed on the first level, so we’ve added it to our weekend to-do list, to add a second to our second level, nearer to the bedrooms.
If you haven’t yet installed a carbon monoxide alarm in your home, or you need a second unit, ATCO is providing Alberta families with a FREE carbon monoxide alarm, all you need to do is fill out a simple form (think of all the time this frees up, parents!) before November 7, 2019. Hurry!
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