IBC supports MPP Hardeman's bill on carbon monoxide detectors

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, October 31st.

"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 monoxide.

"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 needed legislation".

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $46 billion.

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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada

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Helen Lialias 
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