Manitoba to legislate carbon monoxide detectors

Manitoba is to be the first province in Canada to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in all homes, starting next April.

Manitoba is to be the first province in Canada to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in all homes, starting next April.

A Manitoba government spokesperson confirmed Friday that the provincial building standards board approved an amendment to the building code in November.

News of the proposed new regulation comes after a family of six was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in Winnipeg earlier this week. Gas had leaked into the home from a faulty furnace.

The proposed new building code would require homeowners to retrofit carbon monoxide detectors in all homes, including rental properties. Currently, detectors are only required in newly-built homes.