Vancouver’s new bylaw requires all homes to immediately have a carbon monoxide alarm

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A Canadian organization promoting carbon monoxide safety is applauding Vancouver’s new bylaw that requires all homes in the city to immediately have a carbon monoxide alarm.

The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education says the bylaw is a significant step forward — and it hopes Vancouver’s leadership will translate into similar bylaws across BC.

Right now, only Ontario and Yukon have province-wide CO alarm requirements, but Prince Edward Island will enact legislation next year.

Vancouver’s bylaw took effect this week and requires every home to have a hard-wired, electric or battery-operated CO alarm, with the only exception being for homes without any fuel-fired appliances — like a gas fireplace or hot water heater — and without an attached garage.