Fire Dept. to continue CO alarm installations

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Through a partnership with the American Red Cross and the Canton Council on Aging, the Fire Department will install free carbon monoxide detectors in the homes of every Canton resident. The first round of funding was for senior citizens. Fire Lt. Greg Woodbury said firefighters will begin installations around February 1. The only stipulation is that they cannot remove hard-wired detectors. For more information or to make an appointment, call Lt. Woodbury at 781-575-6654, ext. 114, or call the Council on Aging at 781-828-1323.

Impaired stove triggers CO detector

An improperly working stove triggered a carbon monoxide detector at an Indian Lane residence on Christmas afternoon, December 25. The homeowner called the Fire Department shortly after 5 p.m. and the responding firefighters removed the stove, shut off the gas, and ventilated the home. The family left the home until firefighters cleared the scene at 5:45 p.m.

Weekly Substance Abuse Report

The Canton Fire Department did not respond to any drug overdoses during the week of December 21-27. As part of its ongoing information series, the Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) offers the following information for parents regarding the warning signs of drug misuse:

The symptoms of drug misuse and addiction can vary depending upon the person and the drug being misused. Some of the warning signs include: pills or medication bottles are missing from your home; taking medication in excess of how it has been prescribed; abrupt changes in their finances; dramatic mood changes; lower grades, changes in friends and changes in sleep or appetite; loss of concern about appearance; and physical signs such as fatigue, confusion, weight loss, slurred speech and dizziness.

The following are items that may be found in a bedroom, car, or purse of someone who uses drugs: cotton swab heads and sticks, cotton balls, small caps, rolled dollar bill, empty pen stick, cigarette filter, bent spoon, syringe, one edge razor blade, empty pill bottle, belt with teeth marks, bottle caps, tin foil with burn marks, small plastic bags.

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