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Project Zero delivers 174 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Orangeville

Sep 10, 2018 | Fire | General

Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Public Safety Council, and Orangeville Fire have partnered to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Orangeville Fire received 174 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that is providing more than 6,600 alarms to residents in 30 Ontario municipalities. This year, Enbridge invested $200,000 in Project Zero.

Since 2009, 34,384 alarms have been provided to Ontario fire services as part of Project Zero.

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning that is needed to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels. It is important that all fuel-burning equipment be properly maintained to prevent carbon monoxide build-up. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defence to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The alarms will be distributed to homes in neighbourhoods where the number of residential fires and fire-related deaths and injuries have been higher than average. “In Ontario, it is the law that every home must have working smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level,” said Orangeville Fire Chief Ron Morden. “Carbon monoxide alarms are required outside every sleeping area.”

 “This partnership with Enbridge Gas and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council will greatly benefit the citizens of Orangeville”, Chief Morden added. “We have been given the opportunity to provide combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to Orangeville residents who may have difficulty acquiring these life safety devices. It is well documented that these types of alarms save lives and I remind everyone that they are required by law.”

Chief Morden urges residents to never leave cooking unattended as cooking fires are the highest cause of daytime residential fires. If you require further information regarding smoke/carbon monoxide alarm installation requirements or cooking safety, contact Orangeville Fire at 519-941-3083.

“We have proof that prevention saves lives. Knowing this, we remain committed to educating our customers about the importance of installing a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, as well as properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment,” says Mark Wilson of Enbridge Gas Distribution.

“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “By installing carbon monoxide alarms in their home on every level and adjacent to sleeping areas – residents can help prevent needless tragedies. Project Zero is an invaluable program that helps fire departments educate residents in their community about carbon monoxide alarms.”

About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council

The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Council promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the Council on Twitter @FMPFSC.

About the Fire Department

Orangeville Fire consists of 28 volunteer firefighters and 20 full-time firefighters, providing 24-hour coverage, seven days a week. The service has a full-time fire chief, deputy fire chief, chief fire prevention officer, fire prevention officer, inspector, training officer and administrative assistant. Fire Chief Ronald Morden also holds the position of Dufferin County Fire Co-ordinator. Orangeville Fire responds in Orangeville, Town of Mono, East Garafraxa and Amaranth Township.

About Enbridge Gas Distribution

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a 170-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution, and has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past nine years. Enbridge Gas Distribution distributes natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.