One man deceased due to suspected carbon monoxide poisoning


2021-12-23 09:45 PST

File # 2021-83062

One man is deceased due to suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after using a propane stove inside a trailer.

On December 21, 2021, Kelowna RCMP conducted a wellness check on a man living in a trailer on Lougheed Road.

Inside the trailer, officers located a 63-year-old man who was deceased. There was a propane stove that was still burning and it appeared as though the man may have been using it to keep warm. Preliminary investigation indicates that the man’s death is the result of carbon monoxide poisoning. The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances of the man’s death.

Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this difficult time.

The Kelowna RCMP, along with the Kelowna Fire Department are warning people that carbon monoxide can be present in your home, cottage, recreational vehicle or tent. Although it can be present at any time of the year, the risk is greater in winter months because homes in Canada are usually heated by furnaces, wood stoves, water heaters or other appliances that run on fuels.

Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. The use of these fuels for heating and cooking equipment can be sources of carbon monoxide. Breathing too much carbon monoxide can result in serious injury or death.

Early detection of carbon monoxide is paramount, says Paul Johnson – Fire Prevention Officer with Kelowna Fire Department. Not only must every home have a smoke alarm but it also should have a working carbon monoxide alarm. Having the natural gas/propane appliances in your home well-maintained regularly by a licensed contractor reduces the risk of CO exposure. Furthermore, always ensure that you use portable propane heaters, stoves and lights outdoors. Never use them within an unventilated enclosure.

Safety Tips:

With the cold weather in effect and extreme cold anticipated in the coming days, the Kelowna RCMP is working closely with the City to support the community in conducting wellness checks of the homeless, says Inspector Adam MacIntosh - Operations Officer of Kelowna Detachment. Our frontline officers will be handing out items such as socks, gloves and hats and will be working closely with the shelters in efforts to prevent cold weather injuries or fatalities.


Released by

Cpl. Tammy Lobb

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter Street
Office: 778-940-2430
Cell: 250-859-2065


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