A New Law in Ontario – Carbon Monoxide Detectors

July 1st 2014 marks the beginning of a new law that comes into effect in Ontario. Every residence is required to have an operational carbon monoxide detector. This law additionally requires the installation of a carbon monoxide detector where there is a combustible heat source inside a shed or garage.

What is Carbon Monoxide?
(CO) Carbon Monoxide is an odourless, tasteless, colourless gas, a by-product of combustion. CO is existent wherever fuel is burned; in your home’s heating system FOR example.

Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the body, suffocating the body’s cells. Flu like- to unconsciousness or even death are symptoms of CO Poisoning.

Protect Your Family & Friends from Carbon Monoxide

  • Install CO detectors on every floor of your home that has separate sleeping areas.
    *Remember the law applies to apartments, condos and cottages
  • Have a qualified technician service your gas appliances annually
  • Review and replace your furnace’s filter annually
  • Inspect your home’s chimney and flues seasonally for debris and obstacles
  • Regularly inspect your home’s vents for leaks, cracks or corrosion
  • Use well ventilated gas burning space heaters
  • Replace the batteries in your CO detectors annually
  • CO detectors have a lifecycle of 5-7 years,  replace accordingly

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