March 2017

Injuries from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Ontario

In this report, we examine Emergency Department (ED) visits for injuries related to Carbon Monoxide poisoning in Ontario between 2011-2015, as well as provide some in depth analysis for 2015, the latest year of data available when this report was prepared.  

In the 5 year period between 2011-2015, there were more than 4,000 ED visits related to CO Poisoning in Ontario. Alarmingly, the rate of CO Poisoning was the highest in 2013 (920 visits) and 2014 (927 visits) translating to an average rate of 6.78 visits per 100,000 in 2013 and 2014. 

Some takeaways of this report include the following:

  • 4,000 ED visits related to CO Poisoning were noted between 2011-2015 in Ontario. 
  • 858 Ontario-based ED visits related to CO Poisoning were noted in 2015 alone
  • In 2015, Children (0-9 yrs) accounted for 101 ED visits related to CO Poisoning
  • Males between 25-44 years of age accounted for the highest number of ED Visits (171) related to CO Poisoning in 2015. 
  • Adults between the ages of 25-64 years accounted for the highest number of ED Visits (493) related to CO Poisoning in 2015

Referenced in this report

1. Newsroom: Government of Ontario. Backgrounder Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Retrieved from: https:// news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2015/11/carbon-monoxide-awareness-week-1.html

2. Health Canada. (2016). Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Retrieved from: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/air-quality/indoor-air-contaminants/keep-carbon-monoxide-out-your-home.html

3. Parachute. (n.d.). Home Safety: Around the House. Retrieved from: http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/home-safety-around-the-house

4. Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Carbon Monoxide Alarm Questions and Answers. Retrieved from: http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/ CarbonMonoxideAlarms/QuestionsandAnswers/OFM_COAlarms_QandA.html 

Additional resources on this topic

Parachute's eLearning Course - Poison Prevention in Children 0-6 years

Prevent Child Injury – preventchildinjury.ca

The Canadian Atlas of Child & Youth Injury Prevention - injuryevidence.ca

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Ontario Injury Compass provides an analysis of injury issues in Ontario. Each report provides a snapshot of the most recent data available on the given topic.  By signing up, you can automatically receive notification when the reports are released. 

To sign up, please send an email to compass-subscribe@oiprc.parachutecanada.org.