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Safety leader provides three tips to Carbon Monoxide protection

(NC) – Carbon monoxide is called the “Silent Killer” because it is colourless, odorless and tasteless. And it is deadly. The ONLY way to detect its presence in your home is with a CSA-approved carbon monoxide alarm.

As a leading alarm company, Kidde Canada understands the threat posed by carbon monoxide and the technology behind detecting it. Kidde also supports and works closely with a number of organizations that educate Canadians about household dangers including the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Parachute (formerly SafeKids Canada) and the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education.

Now that there is a law mandating CO alarms in Ontario, it is important to understand that carbon monoxide can come from any fuel-burning heating system, appliance or water heater; a gas or wood fireplace; or a vehicle. If your vents are blocked or cracked it may accumulate in your home and you won't even know it's there. Undetected, it can kill.

These 3 tips can help protect your family:

Several CO alarms offer a “digital display” but only Kidde's are “continuous.” Others require you to push a button to get a reading. Many families prefer the simplicity of a display that is “always on.”

The lifespan of CO alarms ranges from 5 to 10 years. Only Kidde CO alarms are all rated for a full 10-year lifespan.

Consider your power source. CO alarms can be battery powered, plug-in or hardwired. Always make sure your CO (and smoke) alarms have battery backup in case of a power outage. And, consider the convenience of Kidde's new “worry-free” alarms that have sealed lithium batteries that last 10 years from activation. No more batteries to replace for the entire working life of the alarm!

For more family safety tips visit safeathome.ca.

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