Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless and tasteless toxic gas and in an enclosed space, such as a home or garage, even a small amount can cause serious illness or death. Carbon monoxide is produced through the incomplete combustion of propane, gasoline, natural gas, wood or heating oils. This can occur when a fuel-burning appliance is not maintained, a vent is blocked or damaged, or a vehicle is left running in an attached garage.
Some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure include flu-like symptoms - without the fever, impaired motor functions, chest pain, tiredness or dizziness. If carbon monoxide is suspected leave the building immediately and contact 911.
What are the Sources of Carbon Monoxide?
The following diagram explains where sources of carbon monoxide can come from.
There are no obvious signs of carbon monoxide exposure, which is why without a working CO alarm it is hard to detect a leak. Taking these simple steps at home can also help prevent and detect carbon monoxide. Review this simple checklist regularly to keep you safe from CO exposure.
Have you installed carbon monoxide alarms in your home? Watch this short video for simple steps on what to do.
Many provinces have taken necessary steps to help reduce incidences by establishing new regulations making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes. CGA encourages all home owners to protect themselves from potential carbon monoxide exposure by installing and regularly maintaining their CO alarms. We also recommend looking at the specific CO alarm legislation for your province by clicking here.
Canada’s natural gas delivery industry is committed to the safe, secure, reliable and resilient supply of natural gas to consumers. Our natural gas delivery systems are designed, built, operated and maintained to the highest codes and standards in Canada but our industry believes its business activities, processes and procedures must be continuously enhanced and improved. This continuous improvement approach helps us address the changing expectations of our customers, the public and our workers as well as the regulatory community and assists us in social acceptance of our competencies and our diligence in the operation of these energy delivery systems.
Canada’s natural gas delivery industry is committed to the three following guiding operational principles:
Continue to lead in the efficient design, building, operation and maintenance of Canada’s natural gas delivery systems through a culture focused on public and worker safety, reliability, security and resilience;
Continuously improve through ongoing learning, innovation and sharing of knowledge while committing to an open and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders; and
Pursue an aspirational goal of a faultless safety, integrity and reliability record, together with exemplary environmental stewardship.
Recognizing Leaders in Safety
The Canadian Gas Association Safety Awards mark the achievements of the natural gas industry’s journey towards a systematic and dedicated approach to health and safety management.
Two CGA Corporate Safety Awards and three Leadership Safety Awards can be bestowed annually.
CGA Corporate Safety Awards are for injury reduction and vehicular safety, based on a compilation of the results of the CGA Health and Safety Committee, rear to date statistic report and declaration form.
Leadership Safety awards include:
The CGA Public Safety Award is presented to individuals or groups who make significant contributions to public safety within the natural gas delivery industry in Canada. This award recognizes excellence and leadership in promoting public awareness and education about the safe use of natural gas and the safety measures required when working with natural gas infrastructure.
The CGA Worker Safety Leadership Award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made an exceptional difference to health and safety. The award recognizes workers who go beyond normal expectations for their position to demonstrate leadership in safety and create a better work environment for a healthier and safer workplace.
The CGA Career Safety Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to health and safety spanning a career.
CGA recognizes the need to have in place an agreement that provides the Canadian natural gas delivery industry a ready to use tool to assist each other during emergency response and recovery. This assistance includes providing personnel support, equipment and materials or other services in all types of emergencies. This is intended to help improve the timeliness and effectiveness of response and recovery from emergency events by clarifying the terms, conditions, and availability of mutual assistance in advance of potential emergencies.
Every year key services such as natural gas, electricity, cable, water and telecommunications are damaged by excavators who have not determined the location of these services before beginning their work.
Encourage Canadians and excavators to visit clickb4youdig.com, phone, or use a phone app (where available) for pre-excavation utility locates;
Have call centres in each province with membership of all underground facility owners; and
Have legislation, like Ontario’s Act Respecting an Underground Infrastructure System, in each jurisdiction to make it mandatory for all excavators to “Click or Call Before you Dig” with penalties and enforcement methods. CCGA prepared a Damage Prevention Legislation Template to guide other jurisdictions.
Get more information on damage prevention by reading: