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Deadline to Comply is April 15, 2015
The Hawkins-Gignac Act, As of April 15, 2015, all Ontario homes at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure must have CO alarms installed near sleeping areas, or risk penalties. We have prepared materials from the unique vantage point of one of Canada’s worst carbon monoxide related tragedies, in which CO claimed the lives of a family of four from Woodstock, ON and was the impetus for the creation of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education. This new law makes carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes with fuel-burning appliances or attached garages, no matter the age of the home.
Referencing our information on your web or social media sites will be useful to help convey details about this new law and the April 15 enforcement date. The focal point of the package is our ‘Get to Know CO’ three part video series that covers ‘Complying with Ontario’s New CO Alarm Law’, ‘Sources and Symptoms of CO’, and how to ‘Protect your Family with CO Alarms’.
To preview and share the ‘Get To Know CO’ three part series use the following links:
https://youtu.be/ziYxm10lXb8 - “How to Comply with The Law”
https://youtu.be/TrmquAQvyLU - “Sources and Symptoms”
https://youtu.be/VWKzozF87Do - “Protecting Your Family with CO Alarms”
Go to the following link for an updated CO Alarm Law Homeowner Guide (PDF) and a CO Alarm infographic at http://www.endthesilence.ca/stay-safe/ontarios-new-co-alarm-law. Attached is a big box web banner to link back to to the same URL. Other resources are available at that same link.
The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education, a charitable organization, was established to ensure the Hawkins family – Laurie, Richard, Cassandra and Jordan – who died from CO poisoning in Woodstock in 2008, did not perish in vain. Our mission continues in Ontario by encouraging citizens to comply and to educate all Canadians about the dangers of CO and how to properly protect families.
Please post this information for the April 15th enforcement date and beyond. This information will continue to be relevant for months as residents come into compliance with this new law, supporting the ongoing CO education efforts from your local fire service. As part of your social media outreach, please watch for, follow and share the activity coming from the Foundation on Twitter @HawkinsGignac and facebook.com/HawkinsGignacFoundation.