Régie du bâtiment du Québec
You must install a carbon monoxide alarm if your occupancy features a combustion appliance (among others, a gas range or a fireplace), or if any direct access exists between the house and an indoor parking garage. Select a device which is compliant with standard CAN/CSA-6.19 and is equipped with an integrated alarm; make sure to install it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The exit staircases, means of egress and public corridors must be equipped with an emergency lighting system which can be maintained operative for at least 30 minutes during any failure or outage of the electrical system. Be sure to upgrade the emergency lighting system of your building so that it meets the requirements and standards pursuant to the National Building Code (NBC), 1995, as amended for the province of Quebec.
The building elements (walls and floors) can limit the propagation of a fire within a building and thus add to the safety of the occupants. As per the new Regulation, it is possible that some work be necessary to improve the level of fire resistance of the walls separating suites (dwellings or rooms) or of the floors of your building. Among others, this work may include the installation of doors, the addition of gypsum board, or the subdivision (compartmentalization) of certain spaces. It is recommended to consult an expert (e.g., an architect) to assess the nature of the work required.
The building must be compliant with the standards in effect at the time of its construction and meet the requirements of the National Fire Code.
Furthermore, if your occupancy is equipped with an underground or aboveground multistorey garage, or if it comprises 5 aboveground storeys or more, some other requirements of the Regulation shall apply to it. Make sure you are in compliance with these. Become familiar with these requirements by referring to the pages entitled Maintenance and inspection of façades and Maintenance and inspection of multistorey garages.
The owners must also ensure that they are in compliance with the provisions from the other chapters of the Safety Code: verification and maintenance of elevators [Fr], hoists [Fr], lifts for persons with physical disabilities [Fr], installation of antiflooding devices, etc.