TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)
announced today its support for MPP Ernie Hardeman's bill (Bill 77) to
make carbon monoxide (CO) detectors mandatory in homes across Ontario.
The bill will be debated at second reading this coming Thursday,
"Despite the serious threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, many Canadians
do not have CO detectors in their home," says Ralph Palumbo,
Vice-President Ontario, IBC. "In 2006, we applauded the move to make
smoke detectors mandatory on every storey as well as outside all
sleeping areas of homes. Since then, we have been encouraging
consumers to also purchase carbon monoxide detectors."
"We have lost too many Ontarians to carbon monoxide poisoning because
they didn't have a functioning carbon monoxide detector in their home,"
said Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford. "These tragedies are even worse
because many of them could have been prevented."
As a member of the Ontario Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council,
IBC is committed to increasing awareness and understanding regarding
the dangers of fire and other household hazards, including carbon
"We believe that Mr. Hardeman's bill will not only raise awareness of
the risks associated with carbon monoxide, but more importantly, help
prevent future tragedies from occurring. . ", added Palumbo. "We
encourage MPPs from all parties to support quick passage of this much
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