VANCOUVER, April 3, 2018 /CNW/ – Spring is often a busy time for preventative maintenance around the home now that the weather is warming up. But when it comes to gas and electrical appliance maintenance, Technical Safety BC is reminding homeowners to use licensed contractors and be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide (CO).
Last spring, carbon monoxide exposure took the lives of a family in Ashcroft, BC. The cause was an incorrectly-installed tankless, on-demand water heater in the living area of the home that was venting carbon monoxide indoors. The installation of the water heater was unpermitted, unlicensed and unsafe.
“Safety is our objective and one of our main activities to prevent unsafe conditions is to actively promote and create more awareness of carbon monoxide safety,” says Janice Lee, Director, Safety Oversight at Technical Safety BC. “This includes maintaining household equipment that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if not properly maintained or installed.”
Each year in BC numerous carbon monoxide incidents are reported to the authorities. Technical Safety BC investigates approximately 10 CO incidents that take place in areas within their jurisdiction each year. According to their findings, most incidents occur in residences and involve residential furnaces, boilers or water heaters.
Each year Technical Safety BC seeks to inform the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Below are some prevention and safety tips for consumers to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide.
Technical Safety BC Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Carbon monoxide can be neither seen nor smelled, which is why it is known as the “silent killer” and can overcome its victims undetected. Breathing low levels of carbon monoxide over a long period of time can also cause severe heart problems and brain damage.
How to prevent CO poisoning:
Know the warning signs of CO gas at home
If you suspect CO exposure
Know the symptoms of CO gas poisoning
About Technical Safety BC
Technical Safety BC, formerly BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. www.technicalsafetybc.ca