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Winter Heating Alternatives Can Increase Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Cold winter weather can lead to an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as people try to find ways to keep warm. Fuel burning appliances, including heaters and generators produce carbon monoxide, and unless they are used properly, can pose a significant danger. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous and odorless gas that cannot be seen or smelled and that can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned and can build up so quickly that victims are overcome before they can get help. If appliances are maintained and used properly with adequate ventilation, carbon monoxide poisoning risks can be avoided. Please see the carbon monoxide safety tip sheets on our website in seven different languages for more information.

First Aid Training Available Monthly at VRFA

Do you need a current First Aid and CPR card for your workplace? A six-hour First Aid and CPR course is available the third Saturday of each month (excluding July, August and December), from 8:30 - 3:00 at Station 31. There is a $50 fee for this class and pre-registration is required.

Sign up for a CPR Class

CPR can increase the chances of survival significantly when started immediately by a bystander. The Valley Regional Fire Authority offers adult, child and infant CPR training on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding July, August and December), from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the headquarters, station 31. There is a $20 fee for this class and pre-registration is required. Visit the Community Programs page on our website for more information and the registration form.

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