Nov 27, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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Legislation has passed paving the way for carbon monoxide detectors to be mandatory in all homes with fire-fuelled devices  in Ontario.

All three parties supported a private member’s bill introduced by Progressive Conservative MPP Ernie Hardeman.

The Hawkins Gignac Act is named after members of a Woodstock family who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2008.

Former OPP officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and both of their children died from the deadly gas in their home, which did not have a CO2 detector.

The legislation allows the fire code to be changed so that all homes are required to have CO detectors, just like a smoke alarm.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it’s colourless, odourless and tasteless.

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