KNOW THE DANGERS OF
SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE
Smoke detectors save lives
Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in Canada.
Approximately 85% of fire deaths occur in the home, and most are
due to smoke inhalation.
Properly installed and maintained, smoke detectors (alarms) are your
early warning systems to help save lives!
There are two types of smoke detectors:
1. The ionization-type — better suited for detecting fast-flaming fires
which spread quickly.
2. The photoelectric-type — better suited for detecting slow-
burning fires which smoulder for hours before bursting into
flames, as when lit cigarettes are dropped in couches or bedding.
• Make sure the detectors in your home are in good working
• Consider having one of each type installed in your home, or
install a unit that combines both technologies.
• Replace smoke detectors that are more than five years old.
• If battery operated, replace batteries regularly.
• Install a detector on each level of your home, including the
basement, especially near or in bedrooms.
• Have and practise a fire escape plan with your family.
• Have and know how to use your fire extinguisher.
• Purchase smoke alarms that carry the label of the Underwriters’
Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
Carbon Monoxide: “The silent killer”
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, colourless and odourless
poisonous gas. It is produced when fuels such as natural gas, oil,
wood, propane and kerosene don’t get enough air to burn up
completely. Damaged or blocked venting inside home heating
systems can allow CO to build up inside a home.
Basic tips to prevent CO exposure
• Install a certified, properly maintained CO detector – it will warn
you of rising levels of carbon monoxide, giving you and your
family the time to escape.
• Eliminate CO emissions at the source. Make maintenance of
your fuel burning appliances, equipment and venting systems an
• Know the symptoms of poisoning: they are flu-like – nausea,
headache, burning eyes, confusion and drowsiness – except there
is no fever.
• If CO poisoning occurs: get everyone, including pets, outside to
fresh air and call 911 or the local fire department.
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Source of information: Canada Safety Council and Health Canada.