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CO Awareness Week

Beat the silent killer. In 2014, the Province declared the first week in November as the Official Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

2019 Week Features

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Seminar
Saturday November 2, 12-4 p.m.
Lowe's, 71 Bryne Drive
We are hosting a fun, educational event. Learn how to prevent fires at home. Join us for giveaways, a fire truck demonstration, and information session on smoke alarms and fire escape planning.  Come and meet the firefighters who serve your community.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Seminar
Wednesday November 2, 1–2 p.m.
Home Depot, 10 Barrieview Drive
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. Join Public Fire and Life Safety Officer Samantha Hoffmann for a free workshop covering everything you need to know to stay safe from the silent killer. Sign up for workshops in person at Home Depot Customer Service Desk. 



Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77 passed in 2014, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes.  Working with partners to increase fire and carbon monoxide safety is part of the government's plan to keep Ontario families safe.

This public education campaign, Beat the Silent Killer, is led by fire services across the province. BFES hosts events to spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of installing detectors in residential dwellings.

Quick Facts

  • Over 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including 11 on average in Ontario.
  • The Ontario Building Code requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in homes and other residential buildings built after 2001.
  • 60% of Canadians do not have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed in their house and 44% do not have their heating systems checked annually.
  • There is an increased risk of CO poisoning during the colder seasons when we spend more time indoors increasing our use of gas heaters, fireplaces, and other gadgets to beat the cold.
  • Without proper maintenance, appliances such as furnaces, clothes dryers, water heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, barbecues, and gas ranges can produce CO from the incomplete burning of fuels such as natural gas, wood, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, or charcoal.
  • CO leaks are undetectable. It is a poisonous gas you cannot see, taste or smell and is often referred to as the “silent killer”.  It causes flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness, and even loss of consciousness. In very severe cases, CO poisoning can result in brain damage and death.

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