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CMHC: Overview Of Carbon Monoxide Issues & Solutions
CMHC factsheet covers what carbon monoxide is, where it comes from, poisoning symptoms, how to eliminate sources, CO detector selection & placement, responding to CO problems, and sources of more information. (PDF)

FortisBC: Overview Of Carbon Monoxide & CO Alarms
FortisBC describes what carbon monoxide is, symptoms of CO poisoning, avoiding problems, what to do, and considerations for energy upgrades as well as offering tips for buying and installing carbon monoxide alarms/detectors.

TSBC: Overview Of Carbon Monoxide
Technical Safety BC provides information and resources on carbon monoxide.

US DOE: Combustion Equipment Safety
US Department of Energy bulletin Combustion Equipment Safety describes how to provide safe installation for combustion appliances. Careful installation and maintenance of each unit is required to ensure safe and efficient operation, especially in today’s energy-efficient, tightly sealed homes. (PDF)
Industry Information

TSBC: Understanding Gas Safety Risks
Technical Safety BC says between 2007 and 2014, a total of 76 carbon monoxide (CO) incidents were reported to and investigated by BC Safety Authority. During this eight year period, CO incidents resulted in nine fatalities and 149 injuries. One incident even resulted in 27 industrial facility employees taken to hospital and reported to have CO poisoning. Similarly, in 2014, an incident affected 15 people who went to hospital after some residents reported experiencing symptoms of CO exposure. (PDF)
Information Sources

CO Headquarters: Resource Site On Carbon Monoxide
CO Headquarters site has a wide range of articles, information and links on carbon monoxide, exposure, health issues, products, procedures and other resources.

Safety Info: Safety Resources On Carbon Monoxide
Safety Info and Technical Standards & Safety Authority of Ontario provides information on CO including sections on awareness, do's and don'ts, CO alarms and resources.

WorkSafe BC: Resources On Workplace Safety & Carbon Monoxide
WorkSafe BC provides overview of carbon monoxide, including how workers are exposed, the risks, how to reduce the risks and links to other resources.
Issues & Performance

CSA 6.19-17 Standard For Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarming Devices
CSA Standard CSA 6.19-17 applies to electrically operated single and multiple station carbon monoxide (CO) alarming devices, intended for indoor residential areas. $360 CDN

Global Gypsum: Researchers Prove Carbon Monoxide Penetrates Gypsum Wallboard
Global Gypsum says a study shows that carbon monoxide from external sources can easily penetrate gypsum wallboard (drywall) commonly used in apartments and houses, potentially exposing people indoors to the toxic, odorless, tasteless gas within minutes.

Building Performance Community: Combustion Analysis 101
Building Performance Community online video describes theory and procedures for combustion analysis of fuel burning appliances.

HVAC School: Proper Use of Manometers for HVAC Technicians
HVAC School online video describes proper use of manometers for HVAC technicians.

RESNET: Guidelines for Combustion Safety Testing
US Residential Energy Services Network guidelines describe their standards for completing combustion appliance testing and writing a work scope as part of a comprehensive home energy retrofit. The guidelines cover gas leakage testing, worst case depressurization test, carbon monoxide testing, and work scopes for contractors. (PDF)

System Sensor: Application Guide For CO Detectors
System Sensor online Application Guide For CO Detectors provides information on the proper application of system-connected carbon monoxide detectors in ordinary indoor locations. It outlines basic principles and standards that should be considered in the application of early warning CO detection devices in relation to the characteristics and effects of CO gas. (PDF)

TSBC: Chimney Issue Causes Carbon Monoxide Close Call
Technical Safety BC investigation traced the source of CO to a dislodged furnace vent connector.

TSBC: Know About CO & Gas Appliances
Technical Safety BC says you should know the signs of CO poisoning, have gas appliances serviced, and install and maintain CO detectors.

TSBC: Portable Appliance & Fan Equipment Effects on Buildings
Technical Safety BC is advising homeowners/occupants that portable air conditioning units, clothes driers or circulating fans continuously exhausting warm inside air to the outside without sufficient fresh air being brought in to replace it, may create conditions leading to carbon monoxide accumulation inside a building.

TSBC: Technical Safety BC Warns About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
With two carbon monoxide (CO) incidents this week in BC – one in Barriere, near Kamloops and one in Vancouver – Technical Safety BC is reminding British Columbians of the danger of this deadly, colourless and odorless gas.

TSBC: Three Factors Behind Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Technical Safety BC and Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants recently conducted a fault tree workshop to identify potential causes of carbon monoxide from industrial, commercial, and residential combustion equipment.

US DOE: CO Alarms Installed For Combustion Safety
Building America Solution Center online guide describes issues and considerations for installing CO alarms for combustion safety.

US EPA: Safety Tips & Resources On Carbon Monoxide
The US Environmental Protection Agency describes carbon monoxide sources, health effects, levels in homes, reducing exposure, standards & guidelines, and sources of more information.
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