April 2015 - Code Compliance


New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements for Residential Dwellings

April 1, 2015

The compliance date of April 15, 2015 is closing for homeowners and property owners of buildings that contain a total of six suites or less. A working carbon monoxide alarm must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area if the building has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage.

Fuel-burning appliances include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.
Apartments and condos also require a carbon monoxide alarm to be installed adjacent to each sleeping area where there is a fuel-burning appliance present.

Buildings with a service room require a carbon monoxide alarm to be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all dwelling units above, below and beside the service room.

Similarly, if a building has a garage, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all dwelling units above, below and beside the garage.
For added protection, a carbon monoxide alarm should be installed on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Failing to install a carbon monoxide alarm is a serious matter. An individual convicted of an offence for contravention of the fire code could receive a fine up to $50,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or both.