Learn About The New Carbon Monoxide Law
Ontario’s new carbon monoxide alarm regulation came into force on October 15, 2014 but had a six-month phase-in period. That compliance period ends on April 15. Here is a recap of the new law and how it might affect you:
- Existing residential occupancies,
- Examples of residential occupancies include:
- Homeowners and landlords
- Approved CO alarms
- Once the compliance dates for installing new CO alarms/replacing old units have passed,
regardless of age, that contain at least one fuel-burning appliance (e.g. gas water heater, gas furnace or stove), gas or wood fireplace, or an attached garage, require the installation of an approved CO alarm outside sleeping areas. For optimum protection, one alarm per floor is recommended. Homeowners who install hardwired or plug-in type CO alarms should strongly consider purchasing models that have a battery backup in case of a power outage.
Houses (detached, semi-detached, attached); Rental Apartments/ Condominiums; Residential Group Homes (adults, youth, children); Social Housing; Student Residences/Dormitories; Retirement Homes (classified as residential occupancies); Boarding, Lodging, Rooming and Halfway Houses; Clubs (residential); Hotels/Motels; Residential Schools. A more complete list can be found on the Ontario government web site.
(managing six or less units) must comply with the CO alarm installation and replacement requirements by April 15 to comply with the law. For larger buildings, landlords have until October 15. Check the age of your existing CO alarms. Replace any that were manufactured before 2008 because sensors can deteriorate over time due to environmental conditions.
(look on packaging for CSA-6.19-01, “Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarming Devices”) can be hardwired, battery operated or plugged into the wall. They can also be part of a combination smoke/CO alarm.
anyone found to be in contravention of these requirements can be charged and, if convicted, would be subject to penalties (fines).
This law is in place not to penalize people, but to help save lives. Most carbon monoxide accidents are preventable. With the right level of education and awareness and the proper installation of CO alarms, your family can be protected.