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Maritimers in coastal communities reflect on damage from latest storm surges / What you need to know if you use a gas generator as an electrical backup / Phone-in : Art Irwin on when not to replace a furnace

The past weekend's unexpectedly high storm surges in several parts of the Maritimes forced  people from their homes, tore cottages off their foundations, and have many reconsidering the security of where they live.
One of the hardest hit regions was in New Brunswick's Port Elgin-Cape Tormentine area of the Northumberland Strait. The storm surge caused the kind of damage people hadn't seen for 50 years. CBC Reporter Kate Letterick described the widespread effects and then Phonse Jessome told us what he'd seen along coastal communities east of Halifax and Dartmouth.

If you live in a part of the Maritimes that's prone to power outages in the winter, you might be one of the thousands who've bought and installed a gas generator.
But the popular electrical backup isn't without risks.
On January 3rd, Winston Fearon of Three Fathom Harbour, Nova Scotia is believed to have died from carbon monoxide fumes that leaked from a generator.
But the toxic effects of that colourless, odourless gas aren't the only risks associated with these devices.
Bob Cormier, the Fire Marshall and Director of Building, Fire and Technical Safety for Nova Scotia, highlighted installation problems associated with the two most common types of gas generator.

The winter weather always leads some of you to ask, "when's the best time to replace the old furnace ?"  
It's a question that our home heating consultant, Art Irwin gets a lot, so he kicked off the New Year by clarifying the matter.  
He also answered questions about keeping your home snug and warm throughout the winter.  

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