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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Do You Have Carbon Monoxide Detectors ? No? Read This!

Kawartha Lakes Families Need CO2 Detectors!

October 15, 2014 - KAWARTHA LAKES – Each year more than 50 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including about 11 in Ontario. Fire officials are hoping to reduce that number as Bill 77 now makes carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes in Ontario. What does this new law require?
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Kawartha Lakes Homes Now Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Bill 77 requires carbon monoxide detectors to be located near all sleeping areas in residential homes, and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.
 “There are very real dangers associated with carbon monoxide and it truly is a silent killer,” said Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “Making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory will help draw attention to the issue and it is a clear indication the Province and all fire services within the province are serious about public safety.” 
 The new regulation, which comes into effect today, October 15, updates Ontario’s Fire Code following the passage of Bill 77 last year. The updates are based on recommendations from a Technical Advisory committee which was led by the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency management.
 “We want Ontarians to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning because these tragedies are preventable. The change to the Fire Code is all about making sure we keep our families and home safe,” said Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. 
Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst agrees.
 “This initiative has been a long time coming and will undoubtedly save lives as a result,” said Chief Pankhurst. “The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning are very real and fortunately very preventable. Mandating working carbon monoxide detectors in all residential homes is a great step in ensuring the safety of our residents.” 
 For further information, please contact: Ron Woolfrey Fire Prevention Officer (705) 324-5731
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