Ontario MPPs team up with Insurance Bureau of Canada to raise awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning

November 1, 2017 (TORONTO) –Today at Queen's Park, MPPs from all three parties partnered with Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to kick off Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

​"Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity to talk about this silent killer. Despite the serious threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, many Ontarians do not have working carbon monoxide alarms in their homes," said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President Ontario, IBC. "IBC is proud to work with all three parties in the Legislature to inform Ontarians how they can take action to protect themselves and their families."

IBC delivered a carbon monoxide alarm to each MPP. 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 over 700 alarms to fire departments across Ontario, and will be donating more in the coming months.

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.

​About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.  

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