Carbon monoxide: an invisible threat

Carbon monoxide: an invisible threat

4/10/2016 - SPI

Each year in Canada, carbon monoxide is responsible for thousands of poisoning cases, and is the leading cause of intoxication in confined spaces. That is why it is important to protect your employees against this hazard and detect carbon monoxide before it can affect them. Getting to know your enemy is the key for better protection.


A simple but poorly maintained chimney, heater or hot water system can cause severe intoxication that can potentially be fatal in many cases. Carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless which makes a detector essential to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you. Some Canadian provinces such as Ontario have made the installation of CO detectors mandatory. In Quebec, safety inspectors employed by municipalities require that buildings comply with CO detector installation and replacement standards.


Maintenance: an essential step
All equipment running on natural gas must be inspected once a year. It is important to perform preventive maintenance on all equipment capable of producing CO2 to make sure that the hoses are not obstructed.

Store and ignite outside
Equipment burning oil, natural gas, kerosene or propane must always be used outside unless specifically designed for indoor use. Never operate a fuel engine inside a garage, even with the door opened.

CO detector installation
Remember that a smoke detector is designed to prevent fires, but is unable to detect CO leaks. For safety purposes, a carbon monoxide detector approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) must be installed and tested regularly.

There is currently on the market a wide choice of carbon monoxide detectors of various brands and quality. Poor quality or cheap equipment may not work properly, or the detection threshold may be too high, thus putting your life at risk. A CO detector must warn you of the danger before it poses a threat to your safety; therefore select a detector recognized for its quality and reliability. The KIDDE brand provides reliable protection against any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as well as fire protection.

The KIDDE combined detector offers many advantages, including excellent quality-price ratio and advanced features:

  • Fire protection
  • Protection against carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication
  • 10-year warranty worry-free
  • Wear indicator
  • Compliant with UL/ULC and CSA standards

Since 2015 in Ontario, it is required by law that all buildings comply with the CO detector installation and replacement standards.