New-build homeowners urged to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Posted on Wednesday August 19, 2020
Smoke Alarm
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Pickering, ON, August 19, 2020 – City of Pickering Fire Services is urging owners of newly constructed homes to inspect the builder-installed smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as the alarm may still have its protective cover and construction tape on, compromising its effectiveness.

“Failure to remove the protective cover and construction tape may cause a delay in activation in the alarms,” said Fire Chief John Hagg. “It is the builder’s responsibility to remove this tape and ensure that the home meets all provincial Building and Fire Code requirements.” Pickering Fire Officials are working closely with the builders to rectify the situation and ensure that the affected residents are properly notified. “I also want to take this opportunity to stress the importance of testing all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the home, once a month, by pressing the test button.”

Anyone who has purchased a home in a new subdivision in the past year should check their alarms and remove the cover and tape, following the instructions below, if this has not already been done.

Please contact Pickering Fire Services at 905.839.9968 or for further information or questions.

Photo by City of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services



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.


Shauna Muir

Coordinator, Communications | Office of the CAO

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