Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detectors: The
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 now mandates the
installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all residential
buildings that have (i) a fuel burning appliance; (ii) a fireplace;
or (iii) a storage garage (i.e. parking garage). If a building has
six (6) or more residential suites, carbon monoxide detectors must
be installed by October 15, 2015. For buildings
with less the six (6) residential units, the date for compliance is
April 15, 2015.
The following requirements apply to the installation of carbon
For suites with a fuel-burning
appliance or a fireplace, a carbon monoxide detector must be
installed adjacent to each bedroom in the suite;
If a fuel-burning appliance
associated with building services is installed in a building but
not within a residential suite, a carbon monoxide detector must be
installed adjacent to each bedroom in each suite that has a common
wall or a common floor or ceiling assembly with the service room or
area where the appliance is installed.
If the building has a garage, a
carbon monoxide detector must be installed adjacent to each bedroom
in each suite that has a common wall or common floor/ceiling
assembly with the garage.
Most condominium corporations' declarations make unit owners
responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing where
necessary any carbon monoxide detectors required to be installed in
the owner's suite. Boards should review their declarations, and
if it is the owners' obligation to install carbon monoxide
detectors, written notice should be sent to the owners advising
them of their responsibility to comply with the new requirements by
the above noted deadlines. Corporations should also consider
carrying out suite inspections to ensure that owners have complied
by the required date.
The Importance of Proper Duct-Cleaning: Regular
dryer and duct-cleaning, by trained professionals with proper
equipment and in accordance with industry standards, is critical to
reducing the risk of dryer fires. The Ontario Fire Marshall
suggests that, depending upon usage, the two to three-year mark is
the point at which lint build-up in the dryer cabinet and exhaust
system becomes significant and can pose safety risks, while also
increasing energy consumption. More frequent cleaning should be
carried out for dryers that are more frequently used. A tell-tale
sign that cleaning is required is when it takes multiple cycles to
get clothes dry. It is also important to review the maintenance and
repair obligations in the declaration as there may be provisions
that require the owners or the condominium corporation to carry out
annual or semi-annual cleaning of dryer vents and ducts.
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Russell v. Township of Georgian Bay provides a useful reminder of the fact that while municipal officials sometimes appear to hold all of the cards in disputes with home owners, that is not always the case.
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