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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ottawa OLDER ADULTS November 2015

Phase two of carbon monoxide 

enforcement is underway

Ottawa residents are reminded during Carbon Monoxide 
Awareness Week, November 1 to 7, to ensure that their 
homes meet safety standards required by Ontario law.

To help, residents achieve this standard, the City, in partnership \
with the Ottawa Community Support Coalition (OCSC) will begin 
distributing and installing carbon monoxide alarms to up to 1,400 
vulnerable older adults. Residents who qualify for the alarms will 
be identified through the OCSC.

Any residential property with a fuel-fired appliance or attached 
garage must have a carbon monoxide alarm installed near each 
\sleeping area. In multi-residential dwellings, CO alarms are 
required in service areas, units that are attached to service
areas and units that have fuel-burning appliances.

This law was enacted in October 2014 with a one-year 
grace period for homeowners to comply. The grace period 
has passed and the law now applies to all property owners, 
including owners of properties with six or more residential units.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, 
odourless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, 
wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn 
incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment 
that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. 
Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can 
also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms should be 
tested at least once a month and replaced according to 
the manufacturer's instructions. When you changed your 
clocks last weekend, it was recommended that you also 
change the batteries in all your household alarms and 
emergency kits.

If the audible trouble signal sounds on your alarm:
·        Check for low batteries. If the battery is low,
 replace it.
·        If it still sounds, or you suspect CO in your home, 
have everyone in the home exit to the outdoors and
 then call 9-1-1.
·        Remain at the fresh air location until emergency
 personnel arrive to assist you.

Find out more on carbon monoxide safety at ottawa.ca.