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,
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
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
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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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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