Western Bay deaths a reminder of the dangers
Last week’s tragedy in Western Bay is a sorrowful reminder of the consequences of carbon monoxide gas.
Two seniors from Carbonear were unknowingly put in harm’s way at a cabin in Conception Bay, where they were found dead. Most likely they were unaware that the colourless, odorless and invisible gas was overtaking them.
Our collective hearts go out to the families and friends. I know all too well about the pain caused by CO.
Over two years ago in Woodstock, Ontario, carbon monoxide claimed the lives of my niece Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and children Cassandra and Jordon. A blocked vent from their gas fireplace forced deadly CO into their home. They did not have a CO alarm.
Painfully, these lives and others lost to carbon monoxide can never be replaced. But we can honour their memory by keeping our fam- ilies safe. Some precautions include the following: • Install at least one working carbon monoxide alarm in your home, outside sleeping areas;
• replace CO alarms more than 5-7 years old;
• have all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a licenced technician yearly;
• never use portable gas generators, or barbecues, indoors;
• never leave a vehicle running in an attached garage or carport;
• ensure your home’s external vents are kept clear of all obstructions.
Please, stay CO safe!