Information from the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner

November 1 to 7 has been proclaimed as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in B.C. As we have seen in the media, too many people die or become ill because of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

But CO poisoning can be prevented. That’s why fire departments, educators, government and industry are working together to teach people about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, how to recognize the symptoms and sources, and how to avoid becoming ill or worse.

We want to make it easier for fire departments and fire and life safety educators to host a local Carbon Monoxide Awareness campaign during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, or at any time of year. Free digital resources are available to download and use on your social media channels (don’t forget to use #COsafety) or websites, and free printed resources are available to order from the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC online store that will support a door-to-door Home Safety Program in your community.

Visit www.gov.bc.ca/FireSafety/CarbonMonoxideAwareness or www.COsafety.tips to access awareness campaign resources and additional information on staying safe from CO.

Partners in Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week include the Office of the Fire CommissionerFire Prevention Officers’ Association of BCFire Chiefs’ Association of BCFortisBCTechnical Safety BC and Pacific Northern Gas