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co2alarmOn Wednesday, June 26, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker will partner with Insurance Bureau of Canada to donate carbon monoxide alarms for the homes of local residents and to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“I am happy to be able to donate these lifesaving carbon monoxide alarms,” said Walker. “Carbon monoxide poisoning is easily preventable. Donations like these help raise much needed awareness of the importance of guarding against carbon monoxide.”

IBC contributed 100 carbon monoxide alarms to the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire and Emergency Services for local distribution. As part of their campaign to raise awareness about the need for carbon monoxide alarms in all homes with a fuel burning appliance or attached garage, IBC has so far donated more than 2,500 alarms to fire departments across Ontario since 2017.

“Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because you can’t see, taste or smell it,” Mr. John Gignac, Executive Director of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education stated. “The only way to stay safe is by installing at least one CSA-approved CO alarm outside bedrooms in your home. One per floor gives you the best peace of mind. Don’t wait for tragedy to strike.”

“Despite the serious threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, many Canadians do not have carbon monoxide alarms in their home,” observed Kim Donaldson, Vice-President Ontario, IBC. “Events like today help create awareness about the steps Ontarians can take to protect themselves and their families.”

Ontario law requires that carbon monoxide alarms be installed in all residential dwellings that contain at least one fuel-burning appliance (e.g., gas water heater or gas furnace), fireplace or an attached garage.

source: media release, MP Bill Walker

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