April 27, 2019/ Carbon Monoxide incident/ AFD Response Details
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Sat., April 27, 2019 at 5:18 p.m., the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a possible carbon monoxide (CO) incident located in the 2000 block of 4 Kingsland Close SE.
When emergency crews arrived on scene they found people evacuating a three-storey, multi-family, apartment complex in response to CO alarms in their residences.
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas often referred to as “the silent killer” because it is invisible, silent and odourless.
Firefighters completed interior air quality testing and found elevated levels of CO on all floors. The buildings fire alarm system was activated to assist with completing a timely evacuation of remaining residents. Due to inclement weather conditions displaced residents temporally sheltered in either their vehicles or the lobby of an adjacent building.
The fire department worked closely with ATCO and the building’s maintenance staff to determine the possible source of the CO. They determined that extreme weather conditions caused an exterior fresh air intake to become blocked with snow and ice which altered the ability of the buildings heating system to function properly.
The obstructed air intake was cleared and all heating devices inspected. Fire crews went floor to floor clearing the common spaces and individual apartments of residual CO.
Approximately five hours after the incident began, final air quality readings were taken and building was deemed safe. Residents were then allowed to return to their homes. There were no injuries. Four pieces of apparatus and twelve firefighters were on scene.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
The Airdrie Fire Department reminds the public that CO detectors save lives!
Deputy Chief, Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext. 7612