Monday, 13 February 2017

Carbon monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, non-irritating and odorless gas, so can not be detected by smell.
Those qualities have earned it a reputation as "the silent killer," said Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service public education coordinator Marc Proulx. The gas results from combustion any time fuel is burned in heaters, stoves, lanterns, charcoal grills, portable generators, fireplaces, gas ranges, furnaces or idling car or truck in a garage or enclosed space. Other sources include gasoline-powered tools such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, high-pressure washers, concrete cutting saws, power trowels, and welders.


Everyone is exposed to small amounts of carbon monoxide daily. However, inhaling too much of it can result in CO poisoning. Different people and populations may have different tolerance levels. CO can increase to dangerous levels when combustion fumes become trapped indoors, poorly ventilated or enclosed space. Inhaling these fumes causes CO to build up in your bloodstream, which can lead to severe tissue damage in people and animals who breathe it. When this occurs, you can become unconscious. Death may occur in these cases.

Common causes at homes
i. Collapsed vent cover on the chimney that prevent the deadly gas from escaping.
ii. Idling automobiles with the exhaust pipe blocked by snow.
iii. Winter season when people use their furnaces and fireplaces more aggressively and spend more time indoors.


Most common symptoms
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning is dull headache. Others are;
i.   Nausea                       ii. Dizziness                           iii. Difficulty breathing
iv. Weakness                   v. Chest pain                          vi. Feeling like the world is spinning
vii.Stomach upset          viii. Flu-like effects ix. Vomiting

Possible complications
Even minor cases of CO poisoning can cause serious complications. These may include;
i. Brain damage      iii. Heart damage
ii. Organ damage    iv. Death

How to prevent CO poisoning
i. Household carbon monoxide detector. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated, "carbon monoxide detectors are as important to home safety as smoke detectors are," and recommends each home have at least one carbon monoxide detector, and preferably one on each level of the building. These devices, which are relatively inexpensive and widely available, are either battery- or AC-powered, with or without battery backup.
ii.  Have your heating and air conditioning systems checked twice a year (Spring & Fall)
Ensure there’s plenty of ventilation in areas with appliances that burn gas, wood, propane, or other fuel.
iii. Don’t fall asleep or sit for a long time in an idling car that’s in an enclosed space.
iv. Don’t sleep near a gas or kerosene space heater.
v.  Don’t ignore symptoms of CO poisoning.
Exposed to carbon monoxide?
i. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know shows signs of CO poisoning.
ii. Shut off the fuel burning appliance, if you know what it is.
iii. Open doors and windows to air the building out.
iv .Call your gas provider, whether it's natural gas or propane, and request an emergency inspection.
v. Those who are unconscious may require CPR on site.

References



Friday, 27 May 2016

Spring Clean!!

The majority of us would love to keep our homes sparking all through the year; however, some areas of the home require thorough periodic or annual cleaning that spring cleaning affords.  “Spring cleaning” refers to a thorough cleaning of a house or room – often done in spring or as the seasons change. As the weather begins to warm up and we begin to anticipate summer in Manitoba, it is the perfect time to conduct a thorough cleaning of our homes and get rid of dirt that may be lurking around since fall or your last major cleaning. Mark your calendar for your next spring cleaning!
 
While some prefer to contract the cleaning to vendors, it is possible to have professional results on your own. The cleaning can be batched over a few days or weeks so that you do not become overwhelmed.  
 
Here are a few of our tips and tricks to spring clean your home!

 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Spring 2016 Parade of Homes

 
"Welcome to the 2016 Spring Parade of Homes, the largest and best Parade of Homes anywhere in Canada. The Manitoba Home Builders' Association is proud to present this year's version of our annual showcase of new homes. March is an exciting time of year because it means that spring is just around the corner. The new neighbourhoods throughout our city and province come to life with these fabulous new homes. We are proud and delighted to showcase 32 different builders who will be presenting 123 homes in 30 unique

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Crystal Lake Development in Oakbank, MB

 


Welcome to the Crystal Lake Development, in Oakbank, Manitoba. Situated only minutes outside of Winnipeg, Oakbank is a wonderful bedroom community which includes the privacy and solitude of country living with

Friday, 8 January 2016

Trikor Builders Teams Up with Maximum Realty



In December of 2015, Trikor Builders General Manager attained his professional REALTOR’s® licence and joined the team at Maximum Realty Ltd. Created in 1994, Maximum Realty Ltd. is a locally owned and operated independent real estate company. Our 50+ agents provide professional real estate services in Residential, New Homes, Condominium, Vacant Land and Investment Properties in all of Winnipeg and surrounding areas.
 

“I am proud to be a RELATOR and pleased to announce Trikor's commitment to work with Maximum Realty to further our sales efforts. Maximum Realty has been in business for over 20 years, and will bring a greater level of real estate knowledge and guidance to Trikor, and will greatly add to the value that Trikor can bring to their customers”

-Victor Giesbrecht

 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Stone Ridge Meadows in Stonewall, Manitoba

For those who are looking for quiet country living while still having all of the amenities available in a thriving community, Stoneridge Meadows is just the place for you. Stonewall is just 25 kilometers north of Manitoba's capital city, Winnipeg. Stonewall offers its residents

Friday, 13 November 2015

Changing Seasons

Trick-or-treaters have come and gone, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the cool crisp breath of winter is upon us. As the conditions change and temperatures drop, it is now time to prepare our homes for the oncoming winter.

A new home comes with a number of components that homeowners must take responsibility for in order to ensure efficient and effective performance. Here are some tips and advice to help you in preparing your home for the change in seasons.