Stay Safe this Spring: Five Flood Safety Tips from TSSA

Industry: Fuels - All, Elevating Devices

Category: Public Safety

Apr 03, 2024

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As the snow melts and spring showers become more frequent, the risk of flooding increases, causing potential hazards related to fuels equipment and elevators. Additionally, disruptions to major energy systems during floods may prompt people to use unsafe power generation alternatives. 

TSSA advises Ontarians to stay alert to these hazards when floods occur and follow these safety tips: 

  1. Never use outdoor fuel-fired appliances indoors, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and other dangers. 
  2. Keep generators away from open windows, doors, and vents when using them outdoors to prevent carbon monoxide from infiltrating living spaces.
  3. Avoid using portable fuel-burning devices like generators and propane BBQs in enclosed areas such as garages or covered patios, as this can lead to carbon monoxide buildup. 
  4. Exercise caution when using commercial ventilating fans to dry out a basement, as this could create negative pressure, allowing carbon monoxide from household appliances to re-enter the home. Ensure proper ventilation during this process. 
  5. Refrain from using elevators in flooded buildings, as water accumulation in elevator shafts or disruptions to operation could result in entrapment or injury. 

Visit to read more about seasonal flooding safety. If you're unsure about the safety of specific TSSA-regulated devices during floods, contact TSSA for assistance.