Carbon Monoxide Safety Extends Beyond Your Home
North Bay Fire & Emergency Services, January 8, 2021 – While packing up to head to the ice shack or camp, consider if a carbon monoxide alarm and batteries should be added to your list. It’s easy to forget that the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning extend beyond your home. If you have a heating or cooking device at your ice hut or cabin that burns fuel such as wood, propane, natural gas, kerosene, oil or charcoal; it can emit deadly levels of CO if it is not designed for indoor use, malfunctions or is not properly ventilated.
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t smell it, see it or taste it and if it goes undetected, high level exposure can cause death within minutes.
Tips to Protect Yourself:
Carbon Monoxide Safety in Your Home
You are required by law to have a working CO alarm outside each sleeping area if your home is equipped with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide in your home:
Know the sound of your CO alarm and maintain them:
For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.
Recreational and Non-Recreational Burning Permits are now available online
Due to the Civid 19 situation, all Fire Stations in town have closed to the public in an attempt to protect our essential services. As always services can be obtained by calling 9-1-1. New burning permits, tours and non life threatening inspections, and tours have been suspended. If you need to talk to someone call 705-474-5662. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time.
Firefighter Jim Daly will be assisting homeowners in North Bay to complete a wildland fire risk assessment (Fire Smart) of their property. His focus will be on the wildland area and the wildland interface area of the community. Homeowners completing the assessment will be given $5 off their 2019 open burning permit as an incentive and Thank You for helping to reduce the community fire risk. To receive the discount property owners must bring in their completed assessment when renewing or obtaining a burning permit for the 2019 season. For more information and a copy of the Fire Smart Risk Assessment Checklist see link below.
North Bay, ON – February 17, 2017 – In the wake of a fatal fire in Brampton, Ont. on Tuesday, February 14, the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.
It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire in Brampton.
“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief Jason Whiteley. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”
Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs.
“We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in North Bay,” continued Chief Whiteley.
Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:
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