MPP Teams Up with Insurance Bureau of Canada to Put Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Ontario Homes

Toronto, ON (Aug. 8, 2017) – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, has partnered with Insurance Bureau of Canada to donate carbon monoxide detectors for the homes of local residents and to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“I am happy to be donating these lifesaving CO detectors today,” said Fedeli. “Carbon monoxide poisoning is easily preventable. Donations like these help raise much needed awareness of the importance of guarding against carbon monoxide.”

IBC contributed 25 carbon monoxide detectors for the food bank in Callander, Ontario for local distribution. As part of their campaign to raise awareness about the need for carbon monoxide detectors in all homes with a fuel burning appliance or attached garage, IBC has so far donated 1,000 detectors to fire departments across Ontario, and is donating an additional 1,500 units over the course of the summer.

Over the last 15 years, 250 Ontarians have died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Despite the serious threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, many Canadians do not have CO detectors 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 detectors 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.

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About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada