CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America. The following facts can help families to be aware of the risks and symptoms of CO poisoning. CO Poisoning Facts CO is often called the silent killer because it is odorless, tasteless and undetectable. CO is produced anytime a fossil fuel is burned. Potential sources include gas or oil furnaces, water...read more
A Message from John Gignac
I was a firefighter for 34 years. But now I have a new mission: to end the silence on The Silent Killer – carbon monoxide. My reasons are very personal. My niece Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan all died from CO poisoning in December 2008. A blocked chimney vent forced carbon monoxide from their gas fireplace back into their home. To honour their memory, our charitable foundation will promote CO education and raise funds to purchase CO alarms to be given out to at-risk families by fire departments nationwide.
After five years of building awareness across the country, community support has been very gratifying. And we are pleased that the Yukon government has passed a law requiring a carbon monoxide alarm to be installed in any residence with a fuel-burning appliance or heating system, fireplace or attached garage or carport. We will support all Canadian provinces in passing similar laws to protect all our citizens equally. My family’s tragedy could have been prevented. They did not have a carbon monoxide alarm.
Please… protect YOUR family by installing CSA-approved CO alarms. Warn friends and relatives too. Don’t let the silent killer take from your family, what it took from ours.
And, if you are able, please donate to our cause. Together we can end the silence.