Enhancing Safety Education and Prevention in Your Community
Issue 114, September 24, 2015
“Beat the Silent Killer”:
Second Annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week - November 1-7
Dear Fire Chief, Public Educator/Fire Prevention Officer:
Ontario’s second annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place from November 1 to 7, 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness about the carbon monoxide alarm requirements and how people can prevent the build-up of CO in their homes.
A variety of resources are available to help you raise awareness in your communities. They include:
Traditional Media Materials:
- A news release template fire departments can customize and send to local media.
- A radio public service announcement script that fire departments can take to local radio stations. Ask that the script be read on-air, or ask if a member of the fire department can record the script to be played on-air.
- Sample tweets that can be used to promote awareness of CO alarm requirements and the prevention of CO build-up. Include hashtags in your tweets so that all CO Awareness Week related tweets are grouped together on Twitter. Any messages or pictures you tweet regarding carbon monoxide should be tagged with #COSafety.
- A colour web banner that can be added to your website.
- Public information cards and an infographic that can be posted on websites, Facebook, Pinterest, or used as hand-outs.
- A poster with CO safety messages that fire departments can use by inserting a picture and the name of your fire chief and posting on websites, Facebook, Pinterest, or used as a hand-out.
- Qs and As explaining the CO alarm requirements outlined in the Fire Code.
Resources are available in both English and French on the OFMEM’s public education resources website. Follow the login instructions provided: enter PEP as the user name and PEP001 as the password. Open the Carbon Monoxide folder, then the 2015 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week folder and right click on the files you want to download. Click on "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer.
In addition, TSSA’s website COsafety.ca has a variety of resources to assist in raising awareness about CO. This includes a “Find A Contractor” site to help the public find local, registered contractors who can inspect their fuel-burning appliances and equipment to prevent carbon monoxide build-up in their homes.