MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - A Mississauga electrical company
that has been supporting a Brantford firefighter's drive for mandatory
carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in Ontario says the new law passed by
the Ontario legislature today will save lives.
"But we know there is still a lot of work to be done to raise awareness
about this important home safety issue," said Tim Birnie, President,
Birnie CurrentSAFE, which has been promoting CO awareness through a
series of home safety seminars this year.
"We will continue to promote awareness through seminars, and by
distributing free CO Detectors to everyone who books one of our no-fee,
in-home electrical hazards assessments. Customers can book online at ismyhomesafe.ca."
Birnie congratulated retired Brantford firefighter John Gignac on his
successful drive to have legislation passed in Ontario to make CO
detectors mandatory. The Hawkins Gignac Act is named in memory of his
niece, former OPP officer Laurie Hawkins who perished along with her
husband, Richard, and their two children in a carbon monoxide accident
Under the Hawkins-Gignac Act, homes or apartments built before Aug. 6,
2011 — when the Ontario Building Code was amended — don't have to have
carbon monoxide detectors installed. The new bill would require a
battery operated or plugged in detector for those residences. The new
law applies to homes with a gas appliance or attached garage.
Birnie CurrentSAFE partnered with the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation in 2013
to promote awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide, an
odourless, colourless gas that is a byproduct of combustion.
Birnie Electric, founded in 1967, is committed to promoting safety at
work and at home. Birnie employs a service team with an average of 20
years' electrical experience. They are fully insured, background
security checked and covered under WSIB. In addition to delivering the
Birnie CurrentSAFE program to residential customers, Birnie Electric
provides design/build, electrical contracting and datacomm services to
developers and contractors as well as to commercial and industrial
businesses throughout Ontario.
SOURCE: Birnie CurrentSAFE
For further information:
Tim Birnie, President, Birnie CurrentSAFE