SaskEnergy says they’ll be continuing a rebate encouraging carbon monoxide safety.
The energy supplier will continue working with retailers across Saskatchewan, offering a $10 rebate on the purchase of CO alarms until March 31st, 2021. The program is being extended because of a successful launch, where more than 5,000 alarms were purchased as part of the point-of-sale rebate offer.
SaskEnergy Customer Service Operations Executive Vice President Kevin Adair says they respond to over 1,300 calls about carbon monoxide a year. This, he says, underscores the need to for working alarms in homes and businesses, especially in the winter.
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odourless and colourless gas that in small doses can cause flu-like symptoms. In large doses and for an extended time, it can cause unconsciousness, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy, says this poisoning can be prevented with the alarms, and the rebate allows people to save money while staying safe.
It’s also recommended that people regularly inspect chimneys and vents so they’re clear of debris or ice and snow buildup. They should also have all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a licensed contractor every year.
If someone believes they’re being exposed to carbon monoxide, they should leave the premises immediately, call 911 and seek medical attention if needed.