MPP Sylvia Jones teams up with IBC to put carbon monoxide detectors in Shelburne homes

August 17, 2017 (TORONTO) –Today, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) partnered with Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones to put carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in the homes of Shelburne residents. This is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Carbon monoxide is a deadly threat for families in our region and our province.  I want to thank IBC for their generous donation of CO detectors for local residents here in Shelburne," said Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon. "Today's event helps residents ensure that they have good, working-order CO detectors while raising awareness about this dangerous and invisible killer."

IBC, on behalf of Canada's property and casualty insurers, donated 150 CO detectors to Shelburne, Ontario for local distribution.  IBC has also donated 1,000 detectors to fire departments across Ontario, and is donating an additional 1,500 over the course of the summer. This is part of a campaign to raise awareness about the need for carbon monoxide detectors in all homes with a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage,

"Carbon monoxide is truly a silent killer. We cannot see it and we cannot smell it," said Brad Lemaich, Chief, Shelburne Fire Department. "People in our community can sleep soundly knowing that they and their families are protected thanks to the donation of CO alarms by IBC. Everyone should ensure that they have a working alarm in their homes and should immediately get one if they don't."

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

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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