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WHAT ISCARBON
MONOXIDE?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that is colourless and odourless and if it goes undetected, can cause serious illness including death.

CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood don’t burn completely in common
fuel-burning appliances. It inhibits blood from absorbing oxygen to cells, tissues and
vital organs.

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SOURCES OF CO

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Carbon Monoxide is a leading cause of accidental poisonings in Ontario
every year.

Poor maintenance, installation or improper use of these appliances puts you at risk of a CO leak. Damaged or blocked venting, or inadequate airflow can cause dangerous levels of CO to build up, (especially in a confined space) and have toxic, deadly effects on humans and pets.

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In severe cases, CO poisoning can cause brain, nerve or heart damage
and/or death.

SPOT
THE
DANGER

Pets may help to identify
a potential danger by:

  • dog iconRefusing to come into the house
  • cat iconExhibiting sore throat
  • cat iconBehaving irritable
  • dog iconVomiting

Symptoms
of CO Poisoning

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If symptoms appear, get everyone (including pets) to fresh air immediately and call 911 or your
local fire department.

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Nausea

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Burning Eyes

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Headache

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Drowsiness

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Loss of Consciousness

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Confusion

THE SILENT
KILLER

You can't see it, hear it, smell it or taste it, but
it can kill you
before you even know it's there.

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There is NO FEVER with CO poisoning so do not confuse these symptoms with the flu.

Protect Yourself

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YOUR LINES
OF DEFENCE

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ANNUAL
INSPECTION

AND MAINTENANCE

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Annual inspection and maintenance of your
fuel-burning appliances

Find a TSSA-certified technician today.

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CARBON
MONOXIDE

ALARMS

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Remember, CO alarms need to be replaced every 7-10 years. Enter to WIN a Kidde CO Alarm!

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CARBON MONOXIDE
IS A SILENT KILLER

Prevent it from harming you and your family by taking these precautions today.