Foster says cooler wet weather means families will be using their furnaces, which should be checked by a technician every year to make sure the venting and exhaust systems work as designed. Combustion appliances not designed for indoor use such as barbecues, hibachis, or gas heaters should be used outdoors only in a well-ventilated area and away from open windows or doors.
Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory in Ontario and the Yukon, but they are not mandatory in B.C. buildings constructed before 2006 and most homes have yet to acquire them. The deadly gas kills an average of 300 people per year in Canada, that’s more than the average of 200 people a year who die in fires.
Fire deaths in B.C. dropped by 65 percent when smoke detectors were legislated. The question is why hasn’t B.C. followed Ontarios lead and mandated CO detectors in all buildings? The detecting devices cost between $30 to $60 dollars and are easily installed.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services have responded to over 40 carbon monoxide related calls annually. Anyone who is alerted by a CO detector to advised to immediately leave the premise and call 9-1-1.