Increase in carbon monoxide closes Osoyoos arena

South Okanagan arena closed as of Monday morning to deal with repairs

The Sun Bowl arena in Osoyoos is closed after an increase of carbon monoxide detected over the weekend.

“We have a sensor for that and it went up above normal for CO. We thought it could be a couple of things and we called FortisBC who isolated it to one of our above heaters which had trace amounts. Our dehumidifier was also showing, as well we had work done to our Olympia and that tends to pump out a little bit of CO because it is run off propane. It was reading a little bit higher than normal so we have reduced that as much as we can,” said Gerald Davis, director of community services for the Town of Osoyoos.

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The facility was closed as of Monday morning to deal with repairs. According to a press release issued by the Town of Osoyoos, staff have isolated the carbon monoxide leak and are working diligently to repair it.

Davis said the sensor light, which is monitored regularly by arena staff, showed a red light that the carbon monoxide levels were above normal yesterday.

“It wasn’t at a danger level, but at what we call a low-level alarm,” said Davis, adding the low level is 25 parts per million compared to a danger level of anything above 100 parts per million.

The building was not shut down immediately because it was a low-level alarm and when they shut off the small heater and dehumidifier which pushed the levels down to zero.

Related: All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

It is expected the arena will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 24 if the repairs are completed today.

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