Scugog – Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week takes place each year to better prepare homeowners to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of carbon monoxide. This year, in Durham Region, the campaign will span for two weeks as the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation and the Fire Services of Durham Region have teamed up to ensure that all households have the opportunity to learn more.

On November 1, the regional campaign officially kicked-off and Fire Chief Mark Berney headlined a panel of some of Canada’s top carbon monoxide (CO) safety experts in a virtual educational event to warn area residents of the dangers of “The Silent Killer.”

Over the next two weeks, residents are asked to take a moment to test the CO alarms in their home and contact their local fire department if they have any questions, or concerns. In addition, residents should watch for helpful items such as home CO safety tip cards, which will be sent by the TSSA through direct mail.

Quick Facts:

  • Carbon monoxide weighs about the same as air, so CO alarms can be plugged down low into an electrical socket, or installed on the ceiling, as part of a combination smoke and CO alarm.
  • The best location to install CO alarms is outside sleeping areas, not in the furnace room.
  • Treat every alarm as an emergency; never presume a ringing alarm is a false alarm.
  • Only purchase certified alarms from reputable retailers.
  • Homeowners can find a TSSA-certified registered fuel contractor at


“Winter is on its way, and Durham Region is no stranger to big storms and power outages. Make sure your fuel- burning heating systems and appliances are inspected and maintained to reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks. And never barbecue or run generators or vehicles in the garage either, even with the door open. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up quickly.  Having working carbon monoxide alarms is the law in Ontario. Installing an alarm with battery backup will  protect your family even when the power is off.” – Mark Berney, Fire Chief

More safety tips are available at and


Media Contact: Lori Bowers, Director of Community Services, Township of Scugog

905.985.7346 ext. 132,



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