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Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Mandatory in all Homes

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014

On Wednesday, the Province of Ontario introduced a new regulation, made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, (FPPA) that makes carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

Ontario Regulation 194/14 updates Ontario's Fire Code to address the installation, maintenance, testing, and replacement of CO alarms in existing residential dwellings.

The testing and maintenance elements of the regulation came into force on October 15, 2014, while the CO alarm installation and replacement requirements will have a phased implementation of six months (April 15, 2014) or one year (October 15, 2014) from the in-force date, depending on the building size.

CO alarms will be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. The detectors can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall. 

“In Ontario, over 80 per cent of all carbon monoxide deaths and injuries occur in homes,” said Fire Chief, John Hagg. “I urge all Pickering residents to get annual inspections for all fuel-fired appliances in their home and commit to installing and regularly testing carbon monoxide alarms.”

The first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week will take place November 1-8, 2014.

Further information about CO alarms is available on the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) website, or by contacting their office at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca or 416.325.3100.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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