New Ontario Building Code requirements have stepped up the requirements for residential smoke detectors.

Not only must the detectors have battery back-up, but they also require a visual “strobe” (or at least a related visual signalling capacity) when activated — and they should be installed in every bedroom.

These requirements will impact residential renovation projects as all will need the higher-standard smoke detectors to pass building inspection requirements.

Of course, the question arises: Should you upgrade your existing smoke detectors to meet the new standards. The answer, in the name of safety, is “yes” as the cost of these detectors isn’t high.  So, instead of simply changing and checking your detectors’ batteries, consider replacing them with the new strobe-lighted ones.