Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms

 Carbon Monoxide

 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms (CO)

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS ARE NOW MANDATORY to review the revised regulatory changes in the Ontario Fire Code please click here.

Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes containing fuel fired appliances and/or an attached garage.

Your home is at risk of carbon monoxide:

  • If your home/condo has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage - install a carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area.

If you live in an apartment building, landlord/owners are responsible to install a carbon monoxide alarm:

  • If your apartment contains a fuel-burning appliance, a carbon monoxide alarm needs to be installed adjacent to each sleeping area.
  • If your apartment building contains a service room, a carbon monoxide alarm must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all apartments above, below and beside the service room.
  • If your building has an attached garage, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all apartments above, below and beside the attached garage. 

If you have any questions regarding the new regulations, please e-mail cmoyer@portcolborne.ca or contact Administration at 905-834-4512 (Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).  

Carbon monoxide alarms will warn you of danger, but regular maintenance of all fuel fired appliances and solid fuel burning appliances will minimize the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.  For more information regarding carbon monoxide alarms, click here.

 

To keep safe, please remember:     

You have a responsibility to know about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Your knowledge and actions may save lives.

CO alarms are a good second line of defence, but do not eliminate the need for regular inspection, maintenance and safe use of fuel-burning equipment.

Take the time to learn about the use of CO alarms in your home to ensure you are using this equipment properly and effectively.

You have a responsibility to know about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Your knowledge and actions may save lives.

CO alarms are a good second line of defence, but do not eliminate the need for regular inspection, maintenance and safe use of fuel-burning equipment.

Take the time to learn about the use of CO alarms in your home to ensure you are using this equipment properly and effectively.

 

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 Install Smoke Alarms                 

IT’S THE LAW !

  

Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep.  Often, victims never wake up.

 

A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape.

 

Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.

 

 

Homeowners

It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas.

 

Landlords

It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.

 

Tenants

If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately.  It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way. 

Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for Corporations

                                                                           

Fire can spread quickly and when you least expect it.  You may only have a few minutes to escape.  That is why the Ontario Fire Code now requires that all homes in Ontario have working smoke alarms on each level of your home (this includes your basement).  A smoke alarm on every level of your home can alert you and your family and provide you with the chance to escape.  If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, a smoke alarm should also be installed in your bedroom - that way if the fire starts in your bedroom you will be alerted.

Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services operates under a Zero Tolerance Policy (prosecution initiated immediately) with regards to smoke alarms not installed, maintained operational, disabled or missing in conformance with By-law No. 5039/94/07.  Click here to review this By-law .

Our Fire Service is always willing to assist in the installation of smoke alarms if you are unable to do so yourself.   Contact Administration at 905-834-4512 – Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.