chvnradio.com

Now Playing What just played?

THE COLOR

ONE SURE THING

Listen Live

The Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic (WFPS) service is reminding homeowners of one simple piece of maintenance that could save lives this winter.

Fred de Groot is the Public Education Officer with the WFPS. He says that people with high-efficiency furnaces need to ensure their fresh air intake and exhaust pipes are free from snow and ice buildup.

Furnaces with blocked intakes and exhausts run the risk of having carbon monoxide backup into the home, de Groot says.

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as a 'silent killer' because it has no odour, colour, or taste.

"It's produced from fossil fuel burning appliances such as furnaces and wood fireplaces. Because you can't smell it or taste it, you don't know it's there."

"Symptoms mimic that of the flu. So you have headaches, tiredness, body aches. You'll find that if you leave the home those symptoms may clear up, and you come back and they return again, well that's a sign there's something wrong."

If gone unnoticed the results can be fatal.

Life-saving tips

Besides making sure vents are clear, de Groot recommends having your appliances serviced annually by a qualified service person. He says they can certify the appliances and make sure they are running efficiently and safely.

For wood-burning fireplaces have the chimney cleaned and ensure the flues aren't plugged up. De Groot says that if you notice you're not getting a good flame, there might be a backdraft happening in your chimney.

"The best way to be preventative is (to) have a carbon monoxide detector and have a good working smoke alarm in your home," de Groot said.

 

 

Share this story!

What to do in Winnipeg this weekend

Spring has finally arrived and the Canada Geese are starting to make their way back!…

American Bison happy it's springtime

An American Bison at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro celebrated the first day of…

Favourable snow melt conditions continue

Last week's flood outlook for North Dakota and Minnesota in the Red River basin remains…

New rescue pup healing hearts with love

A scared pup found by an RCMP officer has found a new home and a new life.

South Asian monks turn to Christ

After a local Buddhist monk attended a day of evangelism training, he asked if he could…

Urgent response requested after 9 killed in Nigeria

Greater calls to action have been made in the wake of an attack that left nine dead and…

"Truly God was watching over us": pilot lands plane on highway

Some unexpected turbulence turned an ordinary flying lesson into an emergency situation…

Hundreds without power, traffic delays expected, after car hits pole

Manitoba Hydro says they will need to close at least one westbound lane of a busy morning…

Pedestrian in critical condition following crash in South Osborne

A man remains in hospital this morning after being hit by a car in South Osborne.

The spring thaw is here, be mindful of thin ice conditions

Everywhere you look the evidence of spring is here - above freezing temperatures…

Child dies following being struck by car

The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) has confirmed that a four-year-old girl has died after…

God's timing taking Manitoba couple to devastated Mozambique

Around 400,000 people are believed to be homeless after a cyclone devastated the country…

6 Christians killed, 470 flee in attack

Open Doors USA says that three women and a nine-year-old child are among those killed…

Spring swooped in 1 day early

One of the sure signs of spring showed up just in time at Oak Hammock Marsh this week.

Large presence for reports of shots fired at apartment complex

Witnesses say they saw over 20 police cars at one point at an apartment building on Panet…

'CFS failed my daughter': family searching for answers after baby dies in foster care

The family of an infant who passed away while in the care of a foster family earlier this…

Bullet stopped by Lord's Prayer

A woman from Kanas City is thanking the Lord for her life after being protected from harm…

London police now admit to driving preacher away

A street preachers arrest resulted in him being driven to a remote area before being left…

'Tragedy averted' when man attempts to shoot officer but gun fails

The president of the Winnipeg Police Association says tragedy was averted when someone…

Asylum seeker in labour rescued stuck in deep snow

Emergency responders rescued an asylum seeker near Emerson on the weekend.