Oakville Fire, Enbridge Gas team up to help reduce fire and carbon monoxide deaths
Published December 15, 2022 at 11:28 am
The Oakville Fire department, Enbridge Gas and Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) are teaming up on a public education campaign to help reduce fire and carbon monoxide deaths.
Aimed at improving home safety and bringing the number of fire and carbon monoxide deaths to zero, the Safe Community Project Zero will provide more than 8,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.
Through the campaign, the Oakville Fire department has already received 486 alarms.
“Our partnership with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge is a huge step in protecting lives and homes in Oakville,” says Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault, Oakville Fire department.
“We thank our partners for their generous donation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that will be distributed in our community through local partners, providing tangible and essential support to those in need in our community.”
Enbridge Gas invested $250,000 this year in the Safe Community Project Zero and the program has provided more than 76,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments over the past 14 years.
“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and evidence shows that prevention saves lives,” says Joel Brouwer, Senior Operations Advisor, GTA West Region, Enbridge Gas.
“We know that the best way to avoid carbon monoxide exposure is to eliminate it at the source by properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment, and that the alarms are a critical second line of defense to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.
Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, when properly installed and maintained, help provide the early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure.
“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents in Ontario communities who need them the most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC.
“It’s a program that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a CO alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage.”insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising