P.E.I. fire mar­shal is­sues safety warn­ing re­gard­ing air ex­chang­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE -

The P.E.I. fire mar­shal’s of­fice is is­su­ing a safety warn­ing re­gard­ing air ex­chang­ers af­ter a fam­ily es­caped from a fire in their home in western P.E.I. Sun­day.

The Tignish Fire Depart­ment was called to the fire at the fam­ily home on the Ho­gan Road in Christo­pher Cross early Sun­day morn­ing.

The five in­hab­i­tants – a mother and fa­ther, their two chil­dren and a vis­it­ing child – es­caped the home with only the clothes they were wear­ing, Tignish fire chief Har­ley Perry re­ported Mon­day.

The home sus­tained se­vere fire dam­age. The ori­gin of the fire was in the me­chan­i­cal room and the cause of the fire has been at­trib­uted to a mal­func­tion and sub­se­quent fire in and around the home’s air ex­change unit, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the fire mar­shal’s of­fice Tues­day.

This has sparked the fire mar­shal to is­sue a safety mes­sage to the public.

“At this point, we can­not de­ter­mine the brand nor model of the air ex­change unit in ques­tion,” the fire mar­shal’s of­fice said in a state­ment Tues­day.

Health Canada is­sued re­call alerts of cer­tain types of air ex­change units in the fall of 2014. If Is­lan­ders are con­cerned about their air ex­change unit, they can visit http://www.healthy­cana­di­ans.gc.ca/ and nav­i­gate to ‘search re­calls and safety alerts’ to find out if there has been an alert on their model of air ex­changer.

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