Carbon monoxide detectors

Where and when to install a carbon monoxide (CO) detectors?

  • In any room that has a combustion device.
  • In any room that has direct access to a garage.

Exception: Any dwelling built before August 28, 2009 that has one or more combustion devices or direct access to a garage requires only one carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

The best locations for installing carbon monoxide detectors are:

  • in hallways within 5 metres of bedroom doors;
  • close to the door opening into the garage; and
  • in rooms with combustion devices.

They can be installed at any height because carbon monoxide mixes with air.

Change the batteries!

Batteries must be changed every time you adjust the clock backwards or forwards:

Next replacement date: in the night of Saturday to Sunday November 1, 2015.

What should you do if the carbon monoxide detector goes off?

  • Call 9-1-1 so that firefighters can come and measure the level of carbon monoxide in the air and determine the source.
  • Do not go back until you receive the all-clear from the firefighters or an expert.

Useful tips for reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • never leave an engine running in a garage, even if the door is open;
  • never use a barbecue inside a building;
  • never operate a combustion appliance (heater, mower, chain saw, generator, etc.) in a closed or poorly ventilated area;
  • never use a gas stove to heat a home, even briefly;
  • carry out annual maintenance on your combustion appliances; and
  • install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

Possible signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • light: nausea, headache and fatigue
  • severe: convulsions, fainting, coma, death

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