On June 29th, 2020 the Ottawa Fire Department were called to the Amazon Warehouse on Boundary Road. The reason was a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm. At 3:30 am the Amazon Warehouse alerted the emergency services dispatch that Carbon Monoxide alarms in the facilities had been activated.
All of the 80 employees on site had already safely evacuated the warehouse facilities without incident. The Fire Department confirmed higher than normal levels of CO to be present and are still trying to find the source of the CO. Due to the warehouse size, over 1 million square feet, a specialist team has been brought in to locate the source.
This incident highlights the need for an effective early warning and monitoring system in your warehouse. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publish the NFPA 720 standard, which covers the recommended installation and placement of Carbon Monoxide early warning devices.