Combustion spillage from burning fossil fuels in your hold can make you very sick or worse yet be deadly!
Do you have one of these fossil fuel burning appliances in your home:
- wood stove
- wood burning fireplace
- gas fireplace
- furnace that uses natural gas, fuel oil or propane
- water that uses natural gas, fuel oil or propane
- gas cook stove / range
- combination oil / wood furnace
The above and other fossil fuel burning appliances must have their combustion gases vented to the outdoors. Otherwise, dangerous gases may escape into your home and cause serious health & safety concerns.
The number of houses with potentially significant spillage is increasing according to CMHC. Toxic compounds found in the smoke and invisible gases from combustion gas spillage can cause everything from headaches, serious illness and death. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is one common by-product of combustion, but it can also include carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, formaldehyde and particulates too. Warning signs of spillage can include upper respiratory issues, repeated headaches, skin & throat irritations, combustion odours, soot stains and hot/muggy air by the furnace. Having working smoke and CO alarms are a must, but will not detect other combustion gases.