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TCH bans window A/C units from its buildings

Two window air-conditioning units are seen in this file photo. CITYNEWS

Toronto Community Housing (TCH) has banned window air conditioning systems from its buildings after a toddler died last month when an A/C unit fell eight storeys.

According to the new rules, tenants are no longer allowed to install a window air conditioner, and any A/C systems not supported by a balcony will be removed by the end of the year.

“Going forward, staff will no longer provide consent to tenants who request permission to install a window air conditioner in their home. Tenants who currently have a window air conditioner contained within a balcony may continue to use them until further notice,” TCH said in a release on Tuesday.

The two-year-old girl died on Nov. 11 when an air conditioning unit became dislodged from the eighth floor of a building near Lawrence Avenue and Scarborough Golf Club Road.

TCH began taking down about 6,000 window units from its multi-storey buildings on Nov. 28 and intends to have them all removed by Christmas.

Soon after, TCH will also start removing window A/C units from its townhomes.

The corporation said any units that are taken down will be replaced with a floor model at no charge to the tenant.

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Should have put in Central Air 100 years ago

December 03, 2019 at 11:28 am

Wouldn’t adding support brackets have been much more cost effective and just as safe? Have to think they’d be much less expensive than new floor model units..

December 03, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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