TSSA Issues Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Safety Warning Following Power
TORONTO, Dec. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - During the current power outage across
the province, some homeowners have been using BBQs, camping stoves,
gasoline generators and propane heaters indoors and in the garage,
resulting in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Ontario's public safety regulator, the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA), is reminding the public to refrain from using camping
stoves, BBQs and generators indoors or in poorly ventilated areas due
to the deadly risk of CO poisoning.
"Any fuel-fired device is a potential hazard," says John Marshall,
Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program. "And items such as BBQs,
propane-heaters and gas generators are not intended for inside use. If you burn fuel, you need to vent the exhaust
a clear distance from any building openings. Otherwise," adds Marshall,
"it could turn deadly."
Homeowners also need to ensure they have certified CO alarms in their
home or cottage. They will warn you of rising CO levels, giving you
time to take potentially life-saving action. For proper installation
locations, follow manufacturer instructions or ask your local fire
department. Plug-in CO detectors are inoperable during a power outage
unless also battery operated, in which case owners need to ensure
batteries are fresh.
You should also note the symptoms of CO poisoning. They are similar to
the flu - nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion and drowsiness -
except there is no fever. If they appear, immediately get everyone,
including pets, outside to fresh air and call 911 and/or your local
Propane heaters, generators, camping stoves and BBQs are designed for
outdoor use only. While homeowners may be tempted to use these devices for heat or
cooking during the power outage, remember: whenever you burn fuel, it will produce carbon monoxide. Only use these devices outdoors where they are
properly vented - and stay safe.
TSSA encourages you to get the right facts about CO safety risks, the
leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America, by
visiting cosafety.ca. The more you know, the better you can practice CO safety and ensure you
and your family don't become victims of CO poisoning.
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is Ontario's public
safety regulator dedicated to enhancing public safety. TSSA is mandated
by the Government of Ontario and regulates the safety of amusement
devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels,
operating engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles
throughout the province. Its range of safety services includes public
education and consumer information, certification, licensing and
registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations,
safety management consultation, and enforcement and prosecution
activities. The organization's vision is to be a valued advocate and
recognized authority in public safety.
SOURCE: Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Stakeholder Communications Group
For further information:
Wilson Lee, Spokesperson
Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Telephone: 1-416-734-2728; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org.