Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because you cannot see, taste or smell it. It is produced when appliances and equipment in your home such as a natural gas furnace, water heater or stove, wood or gas fireplace, propane generator or kerosene lantern are installed improperly or not maintained.
Low levels of CO exposure make you feel like you have the flu, without the fever. High concentrations can kill you. Four of my relatives died from carbon monoxide poisoning a decade ago and the pain of that loss continues.
Carbon monoxide awareness week began Monday. Watch your mailbox for educational pamphlets, and take these two simple steps to keep your family safe:
Get an annual inspection of all the fuel-fired devices in your home
Install and regularly test approved carbon monoxide alarms. (It’s the law in Ontario.)
Please do your part so the silent killer cannot harm your family. Learn more at www.cosafety.ca and www.endthesilence.ca.
John Gignac, retired fire captain
Politicians should make pandemic the priority
As a resident of Woodstock, I feel fairly safe in regards to catching COVID-19 because of the smaller size of our community and our residents seem to be following public-health recommendations and provincial regulations.
Many parts of Canada cannot say the same.
However, when it comes to financial difficulties, our community is no different from the rest of Canada. We are hurting too. I am, therefore, furious to hear that our government was talking about a non-confidence motion when it seems clear to me all parties should be making the pandemic a priority and working together on how to solve this crisis.
They, better than anyone, know how much an election costs and the time it takes. I am feeling such disdain for politicians right now and thinking they are only interested in being in power and have no care for the people who they were elected to serve.
How incredibly naive am I.
I am horrified by the neglect I am receiving from some medical teams during this pandemic, including not being called in a timely manner for examination and surgical procedures by specialists to whom I have been referred.
I am being treated by my family physician in Windsor by teleconferencing and having my meds faxed to a pharmacy in Woodstock, where I moved four months ago. I am grateful she is continuing to help me as I can’t get a family doctor in Woodstock because there is a doctor shortage and no one is taking new patients.
I was treated promptly and with respect at a walk-in clinic here, where the doctor determined I needed a specialist and surgery as soon as possible, but then the disconnect occurred. There was no callback and no excuses from the specialist’s office when I called. Finally, I received a letter that I was being directed to a general surgeon and, when I met with him, he said he wouldn’t operate on me because I was high risk and needed to be treated in London.
I am in the most neglected group. I don’t have COVID-19, I am a senior, 74 years old, and a woman.
I am going to continue to advocate for myself and have asked my family physician to try to get a referral to a physician in London.