Public Consultation on Proposed Fire Code Changes Regarding Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms

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Public Consultation on Proposed Fire Code Changes Regarding Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms

Communiqué 2014-07

March 25, 2014

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is inviting public comment on proposed changes to the Ontario Fire Code related to new installation, maintenance and replacement requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in existing residential occupancies, and revised testing, maintenance and replacement requirements for smoke alarms.

Fire Code changes relating to CO alarms are part of the implementation of the Hawkins Gignac Act [Carbon Monoxide Safety], 2013, which received Royal Assent in December 2013, provides for the regulation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms through amendments to the Fire Code and proclaims the week beginning November 1 as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

The proposed changes to the Fire Code are based on expert advice the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services received from a CO Technical Advisory Committee (CO TAC) led by the OFMEM and comprised of technical experts and representation from other government ministries and a wide range of stakeholder associations.

Proposed changes relating to the installation and maintenance of CO alarms in existing residential occupancies are consistent with CO requirements for new construction under the Ontario Building Code.

Proposed changes relating to smoke alarms are to ensure consistency of smoke alarm testing, maintenance and replacement provisions with the proposed CO alarm requirements. The Ministry previously consulted stakeholders on several of the proposed changes relating to smoke alarms in the spring of 2012.

A summary of the proposed requirements is posted on ServiceOntario’s Regulatory Registry Web site, www.ontariocanada.com/registry. Comments must be submitted before the end of the day on May 9, 2014. The OFMEM values all feedback received, as it helps guide changes to the Fire Code. Fire departments are strongly encouraged to submit their feedback.

Details of the CO TAC recommendations are provided in a report entitled Report on Improving Carbon Monoxide Safety for Ontarians.

Enquiries regarding the consultation should be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM: staff members can be reached by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca, or by telephone at (416) 325-3100 or 1-800-565-1842.