More than 600 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be distributed across Brampton

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Published October 25, 2021 at 1:53 pm

More than 600 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be distributed to homes across Brampton to help reduce carbon-monoxide-related deaths.

As part of a program, sponsored by Enbridge Gas, intended to improve home safety and reduce fire- and carbon-monoxide-related deaths, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) received 606 of the devices, which will be distributed across the city over the coming months.

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives. Unfortunately, we still encounter situations where alarms are not maintained or are disconnected intentionally. A properly installed smoke and carbon monoxide alarm should be located outside of all sleeping areas,” Bill Boyes, fire chief with BFES, said in a news release.

“Ensure you have the proper alarms in your home for people of all abilities—bed shakers and strobe alarms are available for people with disabilities. Safety is your responsibility.”

The program is part of a larger initiative, Safe Community Project Zero, an education campaign that also includes the distribution of 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.

Over the past 13 years, through the partnership with Enbridge Gas, the program has provided more than 3,000 alarms to residents of the Brampton community, as well as more than 68,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

The alarms are designed to help provide the early warning signs to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure.

They are especially necessary in avoiding carbon-monoxide-related deaths, as the gas is odourless and virtually undetectable without an alarm—exposures, if not detected, can easily be fatal.

“Partnerships like this help to improve the well-being of our community and contribute to Brampton being a Healthy and Safe City,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in the release.

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