Carbon Monoxide detectors mandatory by April 15th in Ontario homes

The deadline is tomorrow! By April 15, homes in Ontario must be equipped with a working carbon monoxide (CO) detector.

The Ontario regulation requires single-family homes to have the detectors installed near sleeping areas. The alarm MUST be able to be heard when you’re sleeping with the door closed. CO alarms must also be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

Did you know that CO is known as the “silent killer”? That’s because it’s a tasteless, odourless, invisible gas that is toxic. Exposure can cause flu-like symptoms, like dizziness, nausea, burning eyes, drowsiness, and prolonged exposure can cause death.

Here are some over tips to avoid exposure to CO:

  • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year;
  • Avoid running a car inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open;
  • Seek medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling the symptoms listed above;
  • Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home!

CO detectors are available from Afterglow for about $35-$60 dollars at our offices. If you’re having trouble installing yours, please give us a call: 519-747-7732. We will be happy to stop by and make sure your detector is installed and working correctly.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management website for a list of questions and answers pertaining to the legislation.

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