By: Shawn Lepp

How To Protect Yourself From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Improvements

(NC) With the cooler weather returning, we’re all spending more time inside. This makes us more vulnerable to indoor pollutants, like carbon monoxide. Often simply called CO, it is an odourless, tasteless, colourless gas that can cause serious health problems, including death, before you even notice it.

Carbon monoxide can only be detected with a CO alarm; a regular smoke alarm will not detect it in your home. To protect yourself, install a CO alarm approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) of Canada, preferably one with a low-level digital display. Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation, testing, use, replacement and disposal.

The most important place to install the alarm is in the hallway outside sleeping areas. You should also have one on every level of your home.

To protect yourself and your family, be sure to follow these tips:

Contact your municipal or provincial/territorial government for more information on the use and installation of carbon monoxide alarms in your area. The local fire department may also be able to assist you.

Find more information on keeping a healthy home at canada.ca/healthy-home.