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Thursday April 9th, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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If you have a furnace, fireplace, a gas hot water heater or a number of other fuel burning appliances you need to install a carbon monoxide detector by next week.

As of April 15th, 2015, all Ontario residents must install carbon monoxide alarms in their homes if they have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage.

“If your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage, you must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home,” says Windsor Fire Chief Bruce Montone. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

Homeowners and owners of residential buildings that contain no more than six suites must be in compliance with the law as of April 15th, 2015. Owners of residential buildings with more than six suites have until October 15th to comply.

The law will be enforced by Windsor Fire & Rescue Services. Failure to comply with the CO alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

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