At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, safety is always a primary concern. Whether you’re firing up the barbecue for a casual meal or preparing a holiday feast, you’ll find recommendations here for safer ways of doing things in your home.
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Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon monoxide (CO) is odourless, colourless and lethal. It’s extremely hard to detect. In an enclosed space, even a small amount of CO can cause serious illness or death.
CO can be produced by fuel-burning appliances that aren’t properly installed and maintained, including furnaces and hot water heaters. Vehicle exhaust fumes and wood-burning fireplaces can also create CO.
To prevent CO in your home:
- Have fuel-burning appliances (e.g., furnace, hot water heater, fireplace, natural gas range) checked by a qualified technician regularly, according to manufacturer’s specifications.
- Check your furnace filter monthly and clean or replace if necessary.
- Keep indoor and outdoor vents and chimneys clear of debris, snow and ice.
- Keep areas around fuel-burning appliances free of clutter.
- Check the flame of all fuel-burning appliances regularly. (It should be blue.)
- Crack open a window when using a wood-burning fireplace to ensure an adequate air supply.
- Never idle your vehicle in the garage, even with the overhead door open.
To detect CO in your home:
- Install and maintain a CO detector according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Write the expiry date on the CO detector with a marker as a reminder to replace it.
- Replace your CO detector’s batteries annually, if applicable.
- Vacuum your CO detector monthly.