Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Did you know every home in Ontario is required to have working smoke detectors on every level?  As well, if you have any type of fuel burning device, you must also have a carbon monoxide detector adjacent to all sleeping areas.

Examples of fuel burning devices include; home furnace, space heater, decorative fireplace, wood stove, kitchen stove or grill, gas/charcoal barbeque, hot water heater, automobile (if attached garage is present).

According to requirements under the OBC (Ontario Building Code) and the OFC (Ontario Fire Code); all newly constructed residential buildings require installation of a CO detector.  All existing residential dwellings required the detectors be installed by April 2015.

It is a good idea to test all devices several times a year to ensure they are functioning correctly.  Also be aware of low batteries if applicable and expiration dates listed on the device itself.

For further information, please visit:

Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services –

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs –