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Safe and Healthy Home

A home is safe when it gives you secure, comfortable shelter and healthy when it does not make you ill.

Systems in modern houses work together to operate efficiently and keep you comfortable and safe.

HRV: clean fresh air

A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) exchanges stale moist air with clean, fresh air without losing all the heat. An HRV system is required by bylaw for all new homes constructed in Whitehorse.

For more information see National Resources Canada publication on HRV systems and check out these videos on HRV systems:


Learn more about insulation and R-values.

Smoke detectors

Working smoke detectors save lives - and they are required by law.

  • Install smoke detectors outside each bedroom and sleeping area, and on each level of your home.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's directions when you install your smoke detector.
  • Test your detector monthly and change the batteries as often as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace smoke detectors every 10 years. 

Find out more about smoke detector safety

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that forms whenever you burn fuel. CO can't be detected without a CO detector because it is colourless, odourless and tasteless. CO can be fatal, and can cause serious health problems before people even notice it is present.

CO detectors are required by law for every home with an attached garage or a fuel-burning appliance.

To prevent CO in your home, have your heating system installed, maintained and inspected by a qualified technician to confirm safe operation. A CO detector is not a substitute for proper installation and maintenance of fuel-burning appliances.

Learn more about CO detection and prevention in Yukon homes at seriouslysimple.ca.


Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment. In some confined spaces like basements and crawlspaces, radon gas can build up. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. 

Find Yukon professionals to check the radon level in your home and fix the problem on the Canadian National Radon and Proficiency Program website

Learn more about radon in Yukon  


Moisture and humidity can cause mold to grow inside homes. Keeping your home dry and well-ventilated can help prevent mold.

For more infomation on mold prevention and clean-up, visit the CMHC website

Protect your home from wildland fire

Protecting your home and property from fire starts with you. Simple tasks like cleaning your gutters and removing tree branches can prevent the spread of fire.

Visit PreparedYukon.ca for more information on how to protect your home and property



Bear safety at home

Join other Yukoners in the effort to keep our bears wild and alive, for the safety of our residents, our property, and out of respect for all wildlife.

Visit Environment Yukon for tips on how to keep your home free from urban wildlife.

Emergency planning

Know the risks, make a plan, get a kit: make sure your family and home are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Learn more at PreparedYukon.ca

Healthy homes

Healthy housing includes occupants' health, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, environmental responsibility and affordability.

To learn more about healthy housing, visit CMHC's Five Essentials of Healthy Housing.