Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit to find a registered contractor near you.

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Skene. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

What is CO?
CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.

CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:
• Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit to find a registered contractor near you.
• Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
• Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
• Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.
• Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.
• Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.
• Never run a vehicle or other fuelled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:
Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:
Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

If you have any questions or require any help please contact us at 467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, during CO Awareness Week.

For more information contact: Kenora Fire and Emergency Services, 807-467-2090

Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association Receives Grant from Union Gas

The Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant for $2,500.00 from Union Gas. This grant will be used to purchase a Sparky the Fire Dog costume for our regional fire prevention programs and will be housed in the our Kenora District Fire Safety trailer. Union Gas is currently a partner of the Fire Safety trailer and Sparky will be a valued fire prevention tool available for use by 14 fire departments across the region.

Union Gas continues to be a valued partner with fire departments across North Western Ontario providing natural gas training and assisting fire departments in delivering important fire prevention messaging.

The Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association is very grateful for this Union Gas donation and looks forward to expanding its partnership.

Union Gas

Union Gas Manager Duane Harris and Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene.

City Declares Waste Reduction Week

We are committed toward environmental sustainability.

The City of Kenora is committed to conserving resources, protecting the environment and educating our community.

We recognize the generation of solid waste and the needless waste of water and energy resources as a global environmental problem. We also appreciate the richness and beauty of our diverse world and the importance of working toward ecological sustainability by conserving resources and curbing wasteful practices.

The City of Kenora encourages the public to engage in Waste Reduction Week theme days – Monday: Circular Economy, Tuesday: Textiles, Wednesday: celebrating Champion and Innovators, Thursday: Plastics, Friday: Food Waste, Saturday and Sunday: Swap, Share, Repair.  Learn more about each theme day and what you can do to reduce waste at

During Waste Reduction Week, share your photos and activities on social media, using #WasteReductionWeek to show the rest of the country how Kenora is reducing waste in our homes, at our work places, and our community!

We are proud to declare October 16-22, 2017 as Waste Reduction Week in Kenora.

Waste Reduction Week Theme Days October 16 – 22, 2017


Kenora Aquatics Centre Reopens

The City of Kenora is pleased to advise the public that the Kenora Aquatics Centre will reopen the pool area effective today, October 11, 2017.

Over the long weekend the pool deck contractor was in to address the issues the City had concerns with. On Tuesday October 10th, final testing took place and the City is satisfied that both dry and wet surfaces of the pool deck scored very safe on a scale established by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) & American Society of Testing and Materials, which has the most stringent standards.

Staff has worked very hard to ensure the safety of the public when using the pool. With extensive cleaning to remove buildup on the deck, minor repairs made and the slip test conducted, staff is confident the pool deck is safe for use.

The City reminds the public that any wet surface poses a risk of slipping and encourages all users to use common sense while using the pool. As this is a new pool deck, it is important to remember that the feeling will be significantly different and our old one and we ask everyone to use extra caution and follow the rules outlined in the area.

“Public and staff safety has been our number one concern through this process and we undertook the necessary measures to ensure the deck is delivered to the public in an adequate and safe state” states Community and Development Services Manager Matt Boscariol.

The City apologizes to the public for this inconvenience and thanks everyone for their patience. We are pleased to have the aquatics centre reopen today.

Fire Prevention Week October 8 – 14, 2017

Every Second Counts! Plan 2 Ways Out!
Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan During Fire Prevention Week

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services is urging families in Kenora and the surrounding area to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 8-14, 2017, is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

“Fire and smoke move faster than you,” said Fire Chief Todd Skene. “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts. Practice an escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

In a fire, you may have just seconds to safely escape your home. Be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

• Assess the needs of everyone in your home
Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults.

• Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.

• Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work
Know two ways out of all areas, if possible.

• Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
Assign someone to help those who need assistance.
Identify a safe meeting place outside.
Call the fire department from outside the home – from a neighbour’s home or a cell phone.

• Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year
Have everyone participate.
Make changes to your plan if necessary.

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services can assist anyone in building their Home Fire Escape Plan. If you have any questions or require any help please contact us at 467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, during Fire Prevention Week.

For more information contact:
Kenora Fire and Emergency Services

Kenora Hydro Customers to Learn More About Merger

Kenora Hydro customers will have a chance to learn more about a potential merger with Thunder Bay Hydro at a public information session to be held later this month.

In October 2016, Kenora Hydro and Thunder Bay Hydro jointly announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to authorize the exploration of a merger between the two utilities. Since then, the companies have been in a process of analyzing the potential advantage and feasibility of how their customers, municipal shareholders and other stakeholders might benefit through such a merger.

The Information Session has been set up to offer Kenora Hydro customers an opportunity to learn more about the reasons for and potential benefits of a merger.

The session will take place on Thursday, October 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Clarion Lakeside Inn.

For more information, call Dave Sinclair at 807-467-2075