Carbon Monoxide

Ontario's New Carbon Monoxide Law - The Hawkins-Gignac Act

As of April 15, 2015, all Ontario homes at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure must have CO alarms installed near sleeping areas, or risk penalties.

This new law makes carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes with fuel-burning appliances or attached garages, no matter the age of the home.

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About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless and toxic gas that can cause coma or death.

A carbon monoxide detector is an important safety device on all levels of your home, particularly outside of the bedrooms.

Here are some safety tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from happening:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors; carbon monoxide detectors are effective in preventing deaths due to carbon monoxide poisonings.
  • Check your home appliances; annual maintenance on all fuel-burning appliances and furnaces is important to minimize the risk of carbon monoxide poisonings.
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