Get Alarmed! Carbon Monoxide Safety

posted Dec 31, 2013, 9:53 AM by Le Phan   [ updated Dec 31, 2013, 9:57 AM ]
  Get Alarmed! 
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Through a partnership with Fire Marshall’s Public Safety Council and Enbridge Gas Distribution, Ottawa Fire Services will be distributing over 800 combination smoke/ carbon monoxide alarms to Ottawa homeowners. The combination smoke/ carbon monoxide alarms will be available through the fifth anniversary of the Wake Up! Get a Working Smoke Alarm campaign.

Carbon monoxide alarms are required in new home construction, but this means that older homes may be unprotected.

To qualify for the free smoke/ carbon monoxide alarm, residents must be:
  • 60 years of age or older
  • Own your home
  • Have a detached or semi detached home (no apartments)
  • Have a fuel-fired appliance, and/or attached garage
  • Currently do not have a carbon monoxide alarm

To register, contact Ottawa Fire at or by phone at 613-580-2658 to schedule a fire safety audit.

information on carbon monoxide and natural gas is available at

The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommend a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. A detector should be located within 10 feet of each bedroom door and there should be one near or over any attached garage. Each detector should be replaced every five to six years.

Some CO Detectors, 
like this Nighthawk model, 
offer a digital readout of the 
CO concentration, 
in parts per million.