Make a ‘silent killer’ noisy

Enbridge CO

(NC) The first-annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week begins on November 1, reminding Ontarians that having a functioning carbon monoxide (CO) alarm can help save lives. Before this week arrives, there are steps you can take now to ensure your families are kept safe this winter.

First, keep fuel-burning equipment well-maintained and inspected every year by a licensed heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor. This is your first line of defense, according to Enbridge Gas Distribution. Improper installation and maintenance (or lack of maintenance) of fuel-burning equipment can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up. Sometimes called the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is very toxic and has no odour, taste, or colour.

“Well-maintained equipment is less likely to malfunction or break down and will also be there for you on the coldest days of the year when you need it the most,” says Jim Alton, director of safety at Enbridge Gas Distribution. “Much like your car, regular maintenance can also help you avoid larger issues and costly repairs.

As a second line of defense, install CO alarms. “The importance of having carbon monoxide alarms is heightened during the winter months when we keep doors and windows closed and increase our use of fuel-burning equipment,” Alton says..

Install at least one CO alarm near the primary sleeping area in the home as people are more susceptible when asleep. Ensure that CO alarms are placed in an open area of your home.

If the alarm sounds, and you or a family member is feeling flu-like symptoms, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness or confusion, immediately call 911, leave the premises and seek medical aid.  If no one is experiencing those symptoms, open all windows to get ventilation and call 911 or your local fire department.  Do not ignore the alarm and go back to bed.

Additional information about CO safety and other safety tips is available online at

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4 Responses to “Make a ‘silent killer’ noisy”

  1. Paul Gobin says:

    Since these alarms are made mandatory, they should be supplied by Direct Energy, or at least put up for sale at a very reasonable cost. It’s Direct Energy’s job to keep our furnaces running safe and to make sure nothing happens to their customers. Direct Energy should be held responsible to supply alarms such as the fire alarms, and the Carbon Monoxide alarms to all their valued customers who are already being charged far more than they should be for a product that is almost Monopolized by companies like this. Posting tips etc. on how to conserve energy is a joke because if the company wanted to save us money, in any way possible, it wouldn’t be increasing the cost of the product as high as they are and basically bleeding its customers dry. It will be so ironic if another source of energy were developed and we’d be hearing Direct Energy pleading to our Gov’t. to bail them out of bankruptcy.

    • Dave says:

      Hi Paul,

      I have a feeling you are talking about the cost of natural gas and if that’s true we aren’t happy about it either. You should speak to your utility that supplies it.

      We have chosen to offer tips to help conserve energy because we don’t want to see you paying more then you should. Last winter was tough on everyone and with the utilities raising the prices this year (up to 40% by the way), let’s hope this winter isn’t as cold as last year.


  2. Rod MacDonald says:

    1st Question: Do you supply the detectors?
    2nd Question: what are the costs?
    3rd Question: How many are required per home (like one on each floor?
    4th Question: Do you deliver them and service them?

    • Dave says:

      Hi Rod,

      We will supply detectors if we are at your home already but unfortunately we don’t ship them out or deliver them on their own. With this being CO awareness week however I’ve noticed sales at many retailers. The costs are around $30-$100 depending on what you are looking for. You are required to have one detector on each floor of your home. Check out the TSSA website for full details on where to put them to keep you safe


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