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
If the audible trouble signal sounds on your alarm:
· Check for low batteries. If the battery is low,
· 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.