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Program distributes CO alarms to vulnerable families

June 3, 2016 - Caseworkers with the Children's Aid Society in Huron and Perth Counties in Ontario now carry carbon-monoxide alarms in their vehicles to distribute to families as part of a new program to protect vulnerable residents.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada donated 150 CO alarms to the Huron Perth Hoarding Collation, which is working closely with the Huron Perth Children's Aid Society to ensure families are not at risk of CO poisoning.

The alarms have LED displays that show continuous levels of CO within a home and track peak levels – both features that help reduce the instances of false alarms, which will lower call volume for the fire department.

"We are responding to calls with carbon monoxide present about once every three months," North Huron Fire Chief David Sparling said in a new release.

"It is these kinds of partnerships that offer a means of educating and achieving compliance," Sparling said. "In knowing these units will all be protecting children, who are the most susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, makes it all the more rewarding."

In 2014 Ontario passed legislation that requires all homes to have a working carbon-monoxide alarm on every level.

June 3, 2016
By Maria Church
The Insurance Bureau of Canada donated 150 carbon monoxide alarms to be handed out to vulnerable families in Huron and Perth counties in Ontario by the local Children's Aid Society.