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Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide alarms are available in many models and made by many manufactures. Carbon monoxide alarms in use in Canada must bear a ULC (Underwriters Laboratories Canada) label. Some CO alarms are integrated in smoke alarms and some are stand alone. Some plug into electrical plug in’s at floor level and some at the ceiling level.
REMEMBER to follow manufactures recommendations for installation and use.
Never test your CO alarm at your car exhaust, it will overwhelm the sensors and burn them out.

Facts about CO

Carbon Monoxide is colorless and odourless gas given off in the burning process. It can be a life threatening. Common sources of CO are gas or wood fireplaces, gas stoves or ovens, gas hot water heaters, portable heaters, charcoal briquettes, gas clothes dryers, plugged chimneys and automobiles.

Carbon Monoxide detectors are calibrated to go into alarm before CO levels reach 100 ppm (parts per million) over 90 minutes and is equivalent to 10% carboxyhemoglobin blood level. This is the level just prior to the onset of poisoning symptoms in a healthy, normal adult. Higher risk groups may be affected by lower CO levels including unborn babies, infants, children, the elderly and those with heart or lung disorders.

What to do if your alarm goes off

If your alarm sounds and reads from 1-9 ppm you are advised to check manufactures recommendations, clear the detector in fresh air and re-install. If the alarm sound again, call a heating professional to have your appliances checked.

  1. If your alarm sounds and reads from 10-49 ppm it has detected a potentially dangerous level of Carbon Monoxide. You are advised to immediately ventilate the building and not operate combustion appliances until repairs are made.
  2. If 50 ppm or higher are detected leave the building immediately, call 911 and report any flue like symptoms.
    A potentially lethal level has been detected.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out

Replace all Smoke Alarms in your home every 10 years

The  Alberta Fire and Building code require that the minimum in every dwelling is one on each sleeping level.  The Grande Prairie Fire Department would also like to recommend that you have at least one on every level.  For increased protection, smoke detectors can also be installed in each bedroom.

Smoke detectors should be located in hallways outside of sleeping areas if they are the only unit on that level, and will alarm the quickest if they are near the middle of the ceiling - avoid the corners where the ceiling meets the wall.  It is also important to avoid mounting them where they may be subjected to steam; a hot shower near a bathroom door or cooking "fumes" near a kitchen.  Not only are the false alarms annoying, but they can tend to desensitize or hyper-sensitize your detector over time

Smoke Alarms require routine maintenance:  
- Battery powered detectors should be checked monthly.
- The batteries should be changed annually.  
- Vacuum around the vents of all detectors as dust can affect their     function.

 Clear a false alarm by waving a towel or newspaper under the smoke detector to clear away smoke. When when batteries are removed to silence an alarm, the detector is forgotten and not put back into operation.

Don't forget to replace smoke alarms that are over 10 years old

If you need any assistance, please contact our department. 

Last updated: 2/28/2017 3:41:28 PM