Gananoque Fire Department hosts expert panel to teach residents about CO safety

Carbon monoxide safety advocate John Gignac of The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education joined First Alert in presenting a donation of 45 CO alarms to Fire Chief Gord Howard to be given to area homes in need to help ensure the safety of all residents. supplied by Conrad Galambos

(Gananoque – March 19, 2021)

In December 2008, John Gignac learned more about carbon monoxide (CO) than he had ever wanted to know. His niece OPP Safety Officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan all succumbed to CO poisoning when a malfunctioning exhaust system on their gas fireplace flooded their home with the lethal gas and killed them as they slept. They did not have a CO alarm, and never knew what happened.

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