THUNDER BAY – Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week starts today and runs until Nov. 7. Ontario Law requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to be installed outside of all sleeping areas in all residences that have any of the following:
- a fuel-fired appliance;
- a fireplace, or
- an attached garage.
In condo or apartment buildings with a service room that has a fuel-fired appliance, 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 also must be installed outside all sleeping areas in residences above, below and beside the parking garage.
“Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas,” said Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Chief John Hay. “Only a CO alarm can alert you to its deadly presence.”
Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, oil, propane, wood or coal are burned. The danger is magnified when that combustion is not properly ventilated, or when the CO can’t escape because of a blocked chimney or vent.
For more information on CO and CO regulations, residents are encouraged to visit www.thunderbay.ca/fire