The Dryden Fire Service is reminding residents to install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in their homes, following a fatality in Thunder Bay on February 11. The Thunder Bay Police Service noted that eight other people were also taken to the hospital for treatment due to carbon monoxide poisoning that evening.

“You must have a working carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home, if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” says Dryden Fire Chief Ryan Murrell. Murrell also encourages residents to install a carbon monoxide alarm on every floor of the home.

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death. CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbecues, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

If you need assistance installing or selecting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, residents are encouraging to visit the Dryden Fire Service on 189 Colonization Avenue, or call at 807-223-1178.

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