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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Canadian Tire stores are holding in-store activities?

During November 2018, Scout Environmental will have Event Ambassadors in participating Canadian Tire stores to help you understand the dangers posed by CO. We will do this by providing information to customers about the health effects of CO exposure, the sources of CO in the home, and the importance of installing a CO alarm and where to find them in the store. Please see the list of participating stores below:

Participating Canadian Tire Stores in British Columbia
Date City Address
Saturday November 3 Coquitlam 1200 Seguin Drive
Sunday November 4 Port Coquitlam 2125 Hawkins Street
Saturday November 10 Surrey 7599 King George Blvd.
Saturday November 10 Vernon 345-4900 27th Street
Saturday November 10 Prince George 5008 Domano Blvd.
Saturday November 10 Terrace 5100 Highway 16 West
Sunday November 11 Burnaby 7200 Market Crossing
Saturday November 17 Abbotsford 32513 South Fraser Way
Saturday November 17 Penticton 960 Railway Street
Sunday November 18 Mission 32545 London Avenue
Sunday November 18 North Vancouver 1350 Main Street
Saturday November 24 View Royal 1519 Admirals Road
Participating Canadian Tire Stores in Ontario
Date City Address
Saturday November 3 Trenton 285 Dundas Street East
Saturday November 3 Kemptville 311 Ryan’s Well Drive
Saturday November 3 Toronto 65 Dundas Street West
Sunday November 4 Aurora 15400 Bayview Avenue
Sunday November 4 Prescott 140 Prescott Centre Drive
Sunday November 4 Toronto 1015 Lake Shore Blvd. East
Saturday November 10 Smiths Falls 10 Ferrara Drive
Saturday November 10 Gloucester 2010 Ogilvie Road
Sunday November 11 Thunder Bay 1221 Arthur Street
Saturday November 17 Oakville 1100 Kerr Street
Saturday November 17 Goderich 35430 Huron Road, Hwy 8
Saturday November 17 Kitchener 1400 Ottawa Street South
Sunday November 18 Grimsby 44 Livingston Avenue
Sunday November 18 Exeter 100 Thames Road East
Saturday November 24 Barrie 320 Bayfield Street
Saturday November 24 Uxbridge 327 Toronto Street South
Sunday November 25 Kitchener 385 Fairway Road South
Sunday November 25 Kingston 1040 Division Street

Why should I be concerned about carbon monoxide (CO)?

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, and tasteless gas that can be found in the air in your home and affect you without you noticing. It is sometimes known as the “silent killer” and leads to over 300 Canadian deaths each year. You can protect yourself and your family from CO by installing at least one CO alarm and maintaining your fuel-burning appliances. Learn more about CO >

I have seen alarms in stores that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. Are these as effective as stand-alone alarms?

Yes, both stand-alone CO alarms and those that detect both smoke and CO are effective as long as they are certified. Choose a detector that is certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC). All alarms should be installed properly, tested regularly, and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Where should I install my co alarm?

CO alarms should be installed in hallways close to sleeping areas, so they can be heard when you're sleeping. Keep the area of the CO alarm clear from furniture or other items. Many CO alarm manufacturers recommend that you do not install alarms in areas that are too cold or too hot, such as around furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, or vents or near household chemicals.

It is recommended that one CO alarm is installed on each floor of a home.

My CO alarm is beeping intermittently. What does this mean?

Check your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions for further information. Some beeps may indicate a low battery or that the device needs to be replaced. Never ignore any alarm signals coming from the device. If your alarm is sounding, get yourself and your family outdoors and call 9-1.1.

How often should I be testing my CO alarm?

Suggestions can vary, but it’s a good idea to test alarms at least once a month. It is also a good idea to check the batteries (if required) twice a year – for example, at each daylight savings time change – and when it is recommended to check your smoke detector batteries.

When should I replace my CO alarm?

Your CO alarm should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions, which can be found in the alarm’s manual and on the alarm itself.

What should I do if my CO alarm sounds?

If the CO alarm sounds, you and any family members should evacuate your home immediately and then call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Do not re-enter your home until a professional has fixed the problem.

Who is funding this program?

Scout Environmental, in partnership with Canadian Tire and Kidde, and with support from Health Canada, is working to educate Canadians about CO and the importance of taking action, such as installing CO alarms in the home to protect their health and families.