Ontario legislature passes bill to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory

88% of all homes have something that poses a carbon monoxide threat: IBC

The Ontario legislature has passed MPP Ernie Hardeman’s bill (Bill 77) to make carbon monoxide (CO) detectors mandatory in homes across Ontario.

“We commend all three parties for working together to support this much needed bill.  In particular, we would like to thank Ernie Hardeman for his leadership and perseverance in pursuing this initiative that will help save lives,” said Ralph Palumbo, vice-president Ontario, IBC, in a press release.

In recent months, IBC has donated more than 300 carbon monoxide detectors to fire departments in Mount Forest, Stratford, Trenton and Cobourg.  These fire departments will then distribute the detectors to local residents.  According to the IBC, 88% of all homes have something that poses a carbon monoxide threat.

“Making carbon monoxide detectors mandatory will help protect Ontario families from this major threat. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue to raise awareness of the dangers of CO,” added Palumbo.

Hardeman has noted the threat of carbon monoxide and the need for increased awareness and education.

“Carbon monoxide is the silent killer – it’s colourless, odourless, and tasteless. You can’t detect the gas without a functioning detector,” he said. “But, with the dedication of groups like the Insurance Bureau of Canada, we were able to raise awareness about the issue, get the bill passed, and help protect Ontario families.”

MPP Hardeman first introduced a private member’s bill five years ago after a Woodstock family was found dead in their home from carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Hardeman has since advocated for the importance of CO detectors in every home.  His bill still requires Royal Assent before officially becoming law.

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