November 2014 - Code Compliance


Carbon Monoxide Alarms

November 1, 2014

Protect your family with carbon monoxide alarms; it’s the law in Ontario. If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, you must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home.
For added protection, install one on every storey of your home according to manufacturer’s instructions that also identify when CO alarms need to be replaced.

 

SECTION 2.16  INSTALLATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

Subsection 2.16.1.  Application and Responsibility

Application

2.16.1.1.  (1)  Subject to Sentence (2), this Section applies to every building that contains a residential occupancy and

(a) a fuel-burning appliance,

(b) a fireplace, or

(c) a storage garage.

(2)  This Section applies

(a) as of April 15, 2015, in the case of buildings that contain no more than six suites of residential occupancy, and

(b) as of October 15, 2015, in the case of buildings that contain more than six suites of residential occupancy.

Landlord is responsible

2.16.1.2.  Despite the definition of owner in Article 1.4.1.2. of Division A, in the case of a rental dwelling unit, including a rental dwelling unit subject to Section 9.8, only the landlord shall be considered to be the owner for the purpose of applying Article 1.2.1.1. of Division A to this Section.

 

Subsection 2.16.2.  Installation Requirements

Installation requirements

2.16.2.1.  (1)  If a fuel-burning appliance or a fireplace is installed in a suite of residential occupancy, a carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed adjacent to each sleeping area in the suite.

(2)  If a fuel-burning appliance is installed in a service room that is not in a suite of residential occupancy, a carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed

(a) in the service room, and

(b) adjacent to each sleeping area in each suite of residential occupancy that has a common wall or common floor/ceiling assembly with the service room.

(3)  If a building contains a storage garage, a carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed adjacent to each sleeping area in each suite of residential occupancy that has a common wall or common floor/ceiling assembly with the storage garage.

(4)  A carbon monoxide alarm shall

(a) be permanently connected to an electrical circuit with no disconnect switch between the overcurrent device and the carbon monoxide alarm,

(b) be battery-operated, or

(c) be plugged into an electrical receptacle.

(5)  A carbon monoxide alarm shall meet the requirements of CAN/CSA-6.19, “Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarming Devices” or UL 2034, “Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms”.

(6)  A carbon monoxide alarm shall be mechanically fixed, attached, plugged in or placed at the manufacturer’s recommended height or, if the manufacturer has not recommended a height, on or near the ceiling.

(7)  A carbon monoxide alarm that is installed adjacent to a sleeping area shall be equipped with an alarm that is audible throughout the sleeping area, even if any doors between the carbon monoxide alarm and any parts of the sleeping area are closed.