While it might not be the first item on your packing list, safety while travelling is just as important as it is at home. Whether heading to the beach or a cool mountain retreat, simple precautions can help you enjoy your vacation from check-in to check-out.
One consideration that may slip through the cracks for many travellers is the threat of carbon monoxide. Commonly known as CO, it is an odourless, invisible and poisonous gas. CO can be emitted by fuel-burning appliances such as water heaters, stoves, furnaces and more, and it can only be detected by a CO alarm.
Here are some tips to incorporate CO safety into your next trip, whether near or far.
- Do your research. Booking a place to stay through a private rental company or individual is a great way to experience a more local side of your destination – but there can be a lot of variables when booking a private space. Read online reviews and, if necessary, reach out to the host to ask about the safety measures that will be available to you on-site.
- Add safety to your packing list. Even where CO alarms may be required, if one is missing from your space or not working properly, it’s better to be safe than sorry overnight. A travel-friendly alarm, like the First Alert 10-year sealed battery carbon monoxide alarm – which you can simply place on a tabletop – can help you rest safely on your trip.
- Scout the area. In case of a carbon monoxide emergency, it’s vital to get to fresh air immediately. Whenever you check into new accommodations, locate all exterior doors and fire exits so you can act quickly if needed.
- Stay safe on wheels. Recreational vehicles (RVs) offer the best of both worlds: transportation and accommodation. However, having a full kitchen and bathroom on wheels often means a reliance on propane. It’s important to regularly check propane-burning appliances like refrigerators, hot water heaters and stoves/ovens for leaks and ensure everything is in good working order. When you purchase a CO alarm for your motor home or campervan, ensure it is RV-certified.
More information about CO safety can be found at firstalert.ca