Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Top 5 Ways to Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide this Winter

This past weekend saw the end of Daylight Saving Time, and we all should have turned our clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night. I dutifully tweeted and Facebooked a reminder to my friends and fans and made a mental note to look after the task myself. Then I woke up Sunday morning and found the time in the family room to be an hour earlier than the time in my bedroom.The PVR updates automatically thank goodness. Best laid plans and all that. I did appreciate the bonus hour though!

The other important task on every time change weekend is to change the batteries and test our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout our homes. These are critical tools in protecting our families from two potentially deadly threats.  In fact, in Ontario it is now law that we must have not only a smoke detector, but also a CO detector in every home. We've always had a CO detector in our laundry/furnace room because we run natural gas appliances, but we've now also installed one outside of our bedrooms as well.

To support public safety and raise awareness, Ontario has instituted an annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness week. This year the first awareness week and public education campaign, "Beat the Silent Killer," runs from Nov.1-8, led by fire services across the province. Watch for events and messaging in your area.

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With colder weather on the way, we'll soon be firing up our furnaces once again, if we haven't already. Duracell and First Alert have teamed up to share their top 5 critical carbon monoxide safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this winter:
  • Get a professional to check your furnace, your appliances and ensure your chimney is cleaned properly.
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas in your home, and have at least one alarm on each level.
  • During power outages, if running a generator be sure to operate it in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use the time change this month as a reminder to test your CO detector and change its batteries with Duracell AA batteries.
  • While it may be tempting to warm up the car on cold days, don’t leave your car running in the garage even if the garage door is open.
For more on CO prevention be sure to check out the First Alert website.

A Giveaway

We want to help you keep your family safe this winter, so one lucky Raising My Boys reader will be winning a prize pack containing a First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm and the Duracell AA Copper Top Batteries to power it. The prize is valued at approximately $45. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight ET, December 7, 2014. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

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