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                                  utumn chills remind us that it’s          must be replaced.                                   home. Exhaust systems must have                      home. Make sure you change
                             A    time to prepare for the frosty
                             temperatures of winter! Make sure you        • Check all ductwork, heating vents
                                                                                                                                proper clearance and must be checked
                                                                                                                                for blockages.
                                                                                                                                                                                      its battery regularly.

Maintenance                  and your family are safely snug and
                             warm this season by ensuring that your
                             heating system is ready to do its job
                                                                            and registers. Dust and other
                                                                            combustibles can collect on your
                                                                            heating elements over the summer.
                                                                                                                                Collapsed Liners
                                                                                                                                All chimneys and stovepipes must be
                                                                                                                                                                                         •      A carbon monoxide
                                                                                                                                                                                      detector will help protect you
                                                                                                                                visually inspected. A collapsed liner
Your winter reminder         when temperatures plummet! All
                                                                                                                                will not allow toxic gases to escape.
                                                                                                                                                                                 against toxic gases and deadly
                                                                                                                                                                                 fumes. These detectors can be
                             heating appliances – whether they use          The deadly danger of toxic gas
                             wood, oil, propane, or other materials –                                                           Improperly installed Appliances                   hardwired, with a battery back up,
                                                                               arbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless
                             produce toxic gases and fumes. For
                             safety’s sake – have a qualified
                                                                          C    and odourless gas. It is a sneaky
                                                                          killer because victims are not aware of
                                                                                                                                Do not use more than one fuel-burning
                                                                                                                                appliance in a small, contained room.
                                                                                                                                                                                  and should be placed in furnace
                                                                                                                                                                                  and laundry rooms, hallways and
                             professional service your furnace or                                                                                                                in any room containing a heating
                                                                          its presence – until its too late! You can’t          The use of too many heating units in a
                             stove every year.                                                                                                                                  unit.
                                                                          see it, taste it or smell it. Everyone is at          small space will not allow the
                             Here are a few safety tips to help           risk, but the most vulnerable are those               appliances enough oxygen to burn             • Portable fuel-fired heaters, charcoal
                                                                          with heart or lung problems, infants,                 properly and this may result in the            grills, and gas lanterns need
                             you prepare your home for winter:
                                                                          unborn babies, children and older                     production of carbon monoxide, a               ventilation when used indoors.
                             • Have your heating appliance checked                                                              deadly gas.                                    Before operating these appliances,
                               by a professional.                         adults.
                                                                                                                                                                               make sure gases are vented
                                                                          If you inhale moderate amounts                        Modern, airtight homes are equipped
                             • Clean all                                                                                                                                             outdoors. Make sure you keep a
                                                                          carbon dioxide (CO2) mixed with                        with air exchangers. If these units are
                               connecting                                                                                                                                             window partially open or install
                                                                          carbon monoxide (CO) you will                          not properly installed, not enough
                               flue pipes.                                                                                                                                              a mechanical ventilation unit.
                                                                          experience flu-like symptoms such                      fresh air (oxygen) will enter
                               Make sure                                                                                        your home from outdoors.                                 •Prevent deadly gases from
                               there is no rust                           as headaches, nausea, dizziness,
                                                                          irritability and confusion. If you                    Depleted levels of oxygen will                           entering your home. Don’t
                               or discoloration,                                                                                prevent your heating unit from                           run your car’s engine in an
                               and that all                               breathe in enough of this gas
                                                                          cocktail you will vomit, lose                          burning properly, allowing                              attached garage or next to
                               joints fit tightly                                                                               deadly gases to form.                                    an open door or window
                               and are secured                            consciousness, suffer from brain
                                                                          damage and eventually DIE.                                                                                     where the exhaust can
                               by at least three metal screws at                                                                                                                         enter your home.
                                                                                                                                  What precautions will
                               every joint.                               What causes this kind of
                                                                          gas poisoning?                                          protect my home and family?                • Prevent a deadly disaster by being
                             • Make sure your chimney is clean and                                                                                                             safety conscious about fire and
                               that the liner is in good repair. Rust,    Plugged Chimney                                       • A working smoke detector is your
                                                                                                                                                                               carbon monoxide poisoning!
                               separated seams, and interior                                                                      first defence in the early detection of
                                                                          Burning substances create gases that
                               collapse are signs that your chimney                                                               fire. Install one on every level of your
                                                                          must be allowed to escape from your                                                                     Think safe! Stay safe!
                                                                                      NEW BRUNSWICK ASSOCIATION
Office of the Fire Marshal      New Brunswick          Association des                OF FIRE PREVENTION OFFICERS INC.
                                Association of        chefs pompiers du
                                  Fire Chiefs        Nouveau-Brunswick                ASSOCIATION DES AGENTS DE PRÉVENTION
                                                                                      DES INCENDIES DU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK INC.                                                                                  CNB 99467-7-NB