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North Grenville Fire Chief talks Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

John Okum says the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is a good reminder to get your fuel-burning appliances, like furnaces and water heaters, checked.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from carbon monoxide occur in the home,” says Okum, North Grenville’s Fire Chief. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.”

Okum also says you should make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

“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,” he says. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which begins this year on November 1st, is an annual provincial initiative to spread safety advice for dealing with the deadly gas. It’ll run until November 7th. 

If you’re interested in learning more, Fire Prevention Officer Shannon Armitage says the North Grenville Fire Service will be sharing safety tips and advice for residents on the Municipality of North Grenville’s social media feeds throughout the week.

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