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Agassiz man saved by concerned co-workers
Jessica PetersTHE OBSERVER
A group of concerned co-workers likely saved an Agassiz man from carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday morning.
When the man didn't arrive for work that day, his co-workers found that out of character, and decided to go check up on him at his Morrow Road home.
They found him in bed, alive but unable to get up.
They quickly called 911, and Agassiz re ghters arrived on scene, Chief Wayne Dyer said.
"The place was full of carbon monoxide," he said. "If it wasn't for the co-workers showing up to see why he didn't show up, he would have perished."
Fire ghters carry around C02 monitors, and the alarm went off immediately when they entered the man's home.
The man did not have a C02 monitor, which would have gone off and alerted him to the gases that were building up in his home. Dyer says the build up was the result of "issues with his gas furnace, and the hot water tank."
He stresses that anyone who has a gas appliance in their home should de nitely have a carbon monoxide monitor. The gas is
virtually undetectable, and can cause death with long exposure.
Even low exposures to carbon monoxide can cause symptoms, such as nausea, headaches and dizziness.
Dyer says the man will now be susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning even in small doses. He was taken to Chilliwack Hospital, and then to Vancouver for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.
"This was the result of a blocked chimney," Dyer says. "People need to pay attention to their gas appliances. If you have any gas appliances, you need to have a monitor."
Other incidents the Agassiz Fire Department responded to in the last few weeks include a debris re on McRae Road
(Nov. 2), lines down on Pioneer and Heath (Nov. 3), a tree re on the Lougheed Hwy. (Nov. 4) and a call to some burn piles on Mt. Woodside (Nov. 5).
On November 7, a young woman was kicked off a horse on Cemetery Road, and landed on her back. There were no serious injuries in that incident, and she was treated by B.C. Ambulance paramedics.
An ATV was in a motor vehicle incident on Tuyttens Road on November 13, requiring an emergency call out.
And while there was the smell of smoke in a building on Hwy. 9, on Nov. 8, there was no re. Also that day, they responded to a call about a broken gas line on Birch Road.
There were false commercial alarms on Elm Road (Nov. 12) and Tower Road (Nov. 6).
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Green waste will now be picked up curbside in Harrison Hot Springs.
The decision follows the closure of the green waste collection site, which was becoming a nancial burden to the Village coffers.
The closure caused a bit of an uproar in t