Report on Improving Carbon Monoxide Safety for Ontarians
Technical Advisory Committee – Carbon Monoxide Alarms
February 28, 2014
Thank you Condo Owners Association for participating on the Technical Advisory Committee
Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for C.O. Education – Hawkins-Gignac Act (Bill 77)
Taken from www.endthesilence.ca website – Now, after five years, the Hawkins-Gignac Act (Bill 77) is being passed into law, in Ontario. It requires a carbon monoxide alarm to be installed in any Ontario residence with a fuel-burning appliance or heating system, fireplace or attached garage. Along with our ongoing education efforts, it is our goal to support all Canadian provinces in passing similar laws to protect all our citizens equally.
John Gignac (& family) Executive Director
Note from the Fire Marshal
On behalf of the Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management, I would like to thank the committee members who generously volunteered their valuable time and knowledge towards the development of these recommendations. The committee’s thoughtful recommendations are expected to significantly enhance the safety of all Ontario residents from the harmful effects of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. Pending government approval, the recommendations will be implemented and/or proceed to public consultation as proposed changes to the Ontario Fire Code (OFC), where appropriate.
A special note of thanks to OFMEM staff who provided technical and administrative support to the work of the committee.
Al Suleman, P.Eng.
Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal
December 11, 2013
COA invited by Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management
The Condo Owners Association (COA) invited by Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Carbon Monoxide Alarms Technical Advisory Committee. In anticipation of Bill 77 – Hawkins-Gignac Act shortly receiving Royal Assent , the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is proceeding with setting up a Technical Advisory Committee to assist with development of a uniform provincial standard for the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in existing residences (with a fuel-fired heating system or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage or carport). The draft Terms of Reference (TOR) are attached for your perusal.
This committee will entail a short-term commitment early in 2014. It is anticipated that two full day meetings will be required to address the identified tasks in the TOR, however we have also set aside a third meeting date, should one be needed. Meeting dates are January 29, February 5, and February 26, 2014, all at the OFMEM offices in Toronto.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms Technical Advisory Committee
TERMS OF REFERENCE
To recommend to government a uniform provincial standard for the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in existing residences (with a fuel-fired heating system or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage or carport) consistent with standards for new construction under the Ontario Building Code.
1. To confirm the scope of the review.
2. To review current provisions for CO alarms in new residential construction and
recommend complementary retrofit provisions for existing buildings.
3. To consider and recommend ongoing maintenance requirements and replacement
schedule for CO alarms.
4. To recommend options for timing and implementation of recommendations.
- The Technical Advisory Committee will be chaired by the Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal.
- The recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee will be developed through a consensus process, in which key stakeholders have been invited to participate.
- It is anticipated that two full day meetings in Winter 2014 will be required to address the identified tasks. If required, additional meetings will be scheduled in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee.
- Subject to government direction, the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee will form the basis for a broader public consultation on proposed changes to the Fire Code in Spring 2014. The Technical Advisory Committee may be reconvened to review public consultation feedback as determined necessary by the Chair.
- Office of the Fire Marshal staff will provide secretarial support and technical background information for the Technical Advisory Committee.
The Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee will report to the Fire Marshal on the status of the deliberations and the recommendations of the Committee.
February 28, 2014 – Thank You email from COA
To: Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek, Chair Al Suleman, all OFMEM/MCSCS Staff, John Gignac, Executive Director Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for C.O. Education and all Associations participating on Technical Advisory Committee for Carbon Monoxide Alarms.
On behalf of the Condo Owners Association, I would like to personally thank Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek, Chair Al Suleman , you and all other OFMEM/MCSCS staff for taking strong initiatives with Carbon Monoxide directives, regulations and enforcements. We also commend you for all contributions relating to Ontario’s Regulations under the Fire Protection and Prevention Acts and ensuring the safety and welfare of Ontarians. Following yesterday’s meeting, I can easily reflect on the very valuable contributions of all. The Technical Advisory Committee Membership List was incredibly impressive, filled with exceptionally qualified professionals who represent various important Associations with a strong dedication to creating safe conditions for all Ontarians. Special mention and respect to John Gignac for his incredible compassion and strength, driving love and commitment behind the Hawkins-Gignac Act Bill 77 and developing the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for C.O. Education to saves lives. We are truly thankful.
We look forward to receiving the summary report of the TAC’s recommendations and continued relationships with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. It has been a real pleasure working with everyone, We are deeply honoured for this opportunity to contribute recommendations for all Condo Owners and Buyers in Ontario. Can you please forward this email to all parties mentioned.Have a wonderful day and thank you again.
Linda Pinizzotto, Founder, President Condo Owners Association