Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a common by-product of burning natural gas, gasoline, and solid fuels (i.e., wood and pellets). If properly installed, maintained, and operated, your burning appliances should produce little carbon monoxide; however, when improperly vented venting (i.e., if there is a birdʼs nest in the chimney) or when oxygen is restricted from reaching the gas burner, carbon monoxide will be produced and can rise quickly.

Dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide are also produced by your vehicle - this is of particular concern if you park your vehicle in a garage attached to your home. Gasoline engines produce carbon monoxide and produce, the most of which is produced when a cold engine is started. Check the doors

that lead from your garage to your home and ensure they are properly sealed. These door seals (i.e., weatherstripping) help prevent carbon monoxide from entering the home. Never run your vehicle in the garage as it will contribute to a toxic buildup of carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory requirements in all residential homes in rooms that share a floor wall or ceiling with an attached garage and in rooms with solid fuel burning appliances (i.e., fireplaces) according to the Saskatchewan Building Standards Advisory 2010.

Carbon monoxide detectors are different than smoke detectors and are used to detect abnormally high levels of carbon monoxide gas (carbon monoxide is invisible and odourless). Read your carbon monoxide detector carefully so that you understand what level of carbon monoxide your detector is capable of sensing.

Installation Considerations

  • Do read the manufacturerʼs instructions carefully before installing a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Do install a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector in every sleeping area of your home.
  • Do not place the carbon monoxide detector within five feet of household chemicals.
  • Do not place your detector directly on top of, or across from, fuel-burning appliances. These appliances will emit some CO when initially turned on.

General Maintenance

  • If your detector is wired directly into your homeʼs electrical system, test it monthly.
  • If your detector operates with a battery, test it regularly. The batteries should be changedeach spring (along with smoke detectors), or more often, as prescribed by the manufacturer.