MPP Yvan Baker Teams Up with IBC to Put Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Etobicoke Homes

Toronto, ON (Oct. 20, 2017) – Today, Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, partnered 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 here today to support IBC’s donation of carbon monoxide alarms,” said MPP Baker.  “Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable.  Donations such as these help raise much needed awareness in our community of the importance of guarding against carbon monoxide.  My hope is that today’s donation will help save lives.”

IBC contributed 150 carbon monoxide alarms to the fire department in Etobicoke, Ontario 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 1,000 alarms to fire departments across Ontario, and is donating an additional 1,500 units over the course of the fall.

“Toronto Fire Services respond all too often to CO incidents and are keenly aware of the lethal effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning,” said Matthew Pegg, Chief, Toronto Fire Services. “It is essential, and the law, that Toronto residents living in a home with a fuel burning appliance have a working CO alarm outside of every sleeping area.”

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

John Gignac, a retired veteran of the Brantford Fire Department and Executive Director of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for C O Education, was in Etobicoke Centre today and joined Mr. Baker at the event. Mr. Gignac founded the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation after the deaths of his niece, OPP constable Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two young children, Cassandra and Jordan due to carbon monoxide poisoning in in 2008.

“We can’t change the past and bring Laurie, Richard, Cassie and Jordan back, but we can change the future by ensuring that what happened to our family never happens to another. There’s a reason carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. You can’t see, smell or taste it. The only safe way to detect the presence of this lethal gas is with a working carbon monoxide alarm.

“Please protect yourself and your family and install at least one CSA approved C O alarm in your residence today. Don’t wait for tragedy strike,” Mr. Gignac continued.

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.

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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada