Holiday Decorations In Condominiums

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Now that summer has come to an end, board members should be looking ahead to the holiday season. Many Condominium Corporations do not have in place the rules that specifically deal with holiday decorations. Judging by the merchandise available in the stores, holiday decorating is becoming more prolific.

While the Christmas season seems to generate the most lavish displays, Halloween is quickly becoming a major decorating event. As the outside entrance door to the units, the balconies and exterior windows and the verandahs and front lawns of townhouse units generally form part of the common elements of the condominium, it is important for the corporation to have rules in place that govern holiday decorations. If there are no rules, considerable friction can arise if owners are asked to remove holiday decorations that they have purchased and installed.

The following are examples of the types of provisions that can be dealt with in the rules: Establish what kind of decorations is prohibited, how many are permitted and where they can be located. Require that all outdoor lighting must be CSA approved lighting that is specifically designated for outdoor use. Specify the period during which holiday decorations can be put up and the date by which they are to be taken down. The placing of wreaths and other decorations on the outside of unit doors in high-rise buildings is a topic that often generates considerable controversy. Many owners were accustomed to having these decorations displayed on the door to their houses and want to bring this tradition to their condominium unit. Unfortunately though, these wreaths are frequently made with materials that would very quickly fill the condominium corridor with toxic gases and block the escape route in the event of a fire. Because of these safety concerns there are valid reasons for prohibiting such decorations. As many owners are not aware of this, it is important that the board communicates this information to the owners.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Reguired

Keeping Ontarians Safe from Carbon Monoxide

CO Alarms Now Mandatory in All Homes

October 14, 2014 11:45 A.M.

 

Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

The new regulation, which comes into effect October 15, updates Ontario’s Fire Code following the passage of Bill 77 last year. These updates are based on recommendations from a Technical Advisory Committee which was led by the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management and included experts from fire services, the hotel and rental housing industries, condo owners and alarm

Quotes

” We want Ontarians to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning because these tragedies are preventable. The change to the Fire Code is all about making sure we keep our families and homes safe. I urge all Ontarians to install a carbon monoxide alarm in their homes immediately.”
– Yasir Naqvi
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

” Mandating the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in existing homes with a fuel-fired heating system or appliance, fireplace or attached garage under the Fire Code, and providing the authority for municipal fire services to conduct inspections and promote CO awareness, are significant steps forward for enhancing public safety.”
– Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek
Ontario Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management

” The fatal effects of carbon monoxide left us with an irreplaceable family loss. Keep your family safe and install a CO alarm so we can combat the silent killer.”
– John Gignac
Co-Chair, Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education

 

QUICK FACTS

  • More than 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including 11 on average in Ontario.
  • Bill 77, an Act to Proclaim Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and to amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, received royal assent in December 2013.
  • The first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week will take place November 1-8, 2014.

The Ontario Building Code requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in homes and other residential

Preparing For Winter

 

As the weather grows cooler, homeowners/ Tenants should begin to prepare for the upcoming cold winter months. There are many things we can and should do to protect our families and homes from the ravages of winter. Good planning can also help to reduce maintenance and utility costs.

1. Make sure all air vents are free of obstructions.
2. Test your furnace before the weather gets very cold.
3. Consider having your heating system checked by a professional.
4.Replace or clean your furnace air filters.
5. Vacuum under and behind your freezer and fridge, this can greatly improve the efficiency of the unit.
6. Make sure all smoke detectors are working with fresh batteries.
7. Install a carbon monoxide alarm near the furnace and any fireplaces that get used.
8. Make sure your house number is well lit and clearly readable from the street.
9. Consider having your vents cleaned by a professional
10. Check all handrails inside and out to make sure they are strong enough to prevent a fall and extend far enough to provide ample support.
11. Make sure all entrances are lit by lights connected to motion and light detectors.
12. Test your security alarm.