THUNDER BAY – LIVING – This time of year area homes are operating furnaces, fireplaces, and other fuel-fired appliances. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds residents that it’s the law to have a working carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas of your home if your home has either a fireplace, a fuel-fired appliance, or an attached garage. In condo and apartment buildings with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and outside all sleeping areas in residences above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a parking garage, CO alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas in residences above, below and beside the parking garage.
- CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
- Ensure fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually by a registered contractor.
- Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
- Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.