As of October, 2014 CO Detectors (Carbon Monoxide Detectors) are mandatory in all residential homes. Carbon Monoxide can kill you. It is created when fuels are not properly burned. Common fuels around the home that can produce carbon monoxide include:
- Natural Gas
- Heating Oil, Wood, Coal, Kerosene, Charcoal, Gasoline
Anything that burns fuel can produce carbon monoxide if it is not running properly or not vented properly. Common household appliances that can produce carbon monoxide are:
- Natural Gas Furnaces
- Natural Gas Boilers
- Natural Gas Hot Water Heaters
- Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, Barbecues, Kerosene Heaters, Gasoline Engines
The CO Detector should be placed inside or near primary sleeping areas. You should have a detector installed on each level of your home. CO Detectors are available from your local hardware store. They are easily installed by homeowners. Normally a CO Detector needs to be replaced every 10 years. Batteries in CO Detectors should be replaced annually.
The following is a list of physical and environmental indications of Carbon Monoxide:
- Headache, nausea, burning eyes, fainting, confusion, drowsiness that will improve when you have left the house for a period of time.
- People with heart or respiratory conditions, the elderly and children are particularly sensitive to carbon monoxide.
- The air in the home feels stale or stuffy.
- Strong smell of gas when furnace or other fuel burning appliance turns on.
- Pilot light and burning flames are yellow/orange, not blue.
- Pilot lights go out.
- Chalky white powder or soot around exhaust vent or chimney.
For more information on Carbon Monoxide, we'd recommend visiting the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs page.
Annual furnace maintenance by a licensed contractor is important to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Improper furnace venting or a failed heat exchanger can cause elevated CO levels in a home. Salmon Plumbing & Heating technicians check CO levels when we service your furnace. If our technicians find elevated CO levels, they are trained to identify the source and will take immediate steps to protect your family.