Carbon monoxide safety: an alarm can save your life

Apr 9, 2019

This April, the Kelowna Fire Department and FortisBC want residents to be alarmed about carbon monoxide (CO) and how to keep their families and homes safe. 

Firefighters have started knocking on nearly 750 doors in the Lower Mission and Rutland neighbourhoods to check homes for working CO alarms. If a home does not have one, firefighters will give and properly install on the spot a combined CO and smoke alarm provided by FortisBC.

“Newer homes in Kelowna are required to have a CO alarm if they have an attached garage, natural gas or fuel burning appliances or a wood stove,” says Rick Euper, Fire and Life Safety Educator/Inspector. “Our concern is with older homes built 10 to 30 years ago where residents may not have added or changed a CO and smoke alarm since its construction.”

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