Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council and Collingwood Fire Department announced they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Collingwood Fire Department received 216 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero - a public education campaign that is providing a total of 3,330 alarms to residents in 15 Ontario municipalities. This year, Enbridge invested $100,000 in Project Zero. Since 2009, Project Zero has been delivered to 85 Ontario communities. 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 buildup. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defense to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
"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 Joe Corrigan, Enbridge Gas Distribution.
"It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning," says Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management and Chair of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "By installing carbon monoxide alarms in the 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."
"The Project Zero campaign addresses a great need, in working to ensure that everyone has working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. We know that smoke alarms save lives, but there are many homes without working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms," said Collingwood Fire Chief Ross Parr. "Project Zero's generous contribution to the Town of Collingwood will allow us to reach out to 216 homes within our community, and provide them with a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm. We thank Enbridge and the Fire Marsha's Office for their support of this critical program and their efforts to promote fire and carbon monoxide safety and awareness."
"Smoke alarms save lives, and the recent Hawkins Gignac Act reaffirms the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, however there are still many homes that do not have working alarms," said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. "This donation will allow us to make 216 homes in our community safer for our residents. Thank you to everyone involved in Project Zero for their generous contributions, and ongoing commitment to safety."