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CO Safety from FOCA

From the Federation of Cottagers Associations that highlights the Carbon Dioxide Safety

Beat the Silent Killer: CO Safety

IMPORTANT: If you have a gas, oil, propane or wood-burning heating system or appliance, you need carbon monoxide (CO) alarms! CO is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas that is referred to as “the Silent Killer.”


  • 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.
  • About CO Awareness Week: Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77, passed in 2013, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes. CO Awareness Week is held in early November, but cottagers should be aware of CO safety year-round.


Get online info about CO from the Technical Standards & Safety Authority.

Also check out the webpages of the Hawkins Gignac Foundation for links and current news about CO safety.


Beat the Silent Killer