Oshawa Fire receives 378 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for Project Zero education campaign

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Published November 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm

Oshawa Fire Services has received 378 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero – a public education campaign that will provide more than 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.

The goal of the campaign, a partnership with Enbridge Gas, the Fire Marshall’s Public Fire Safety Council and local fire departments, is to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

“The ongoing support we receive from Enbridge Gas and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council through Project Zero has a direct impact on public safety. The 378 combination smoke and CO alarms will help save lives in our community,” said Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark.

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $500,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over the past 13 years the program has provided more than 68,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “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.”

Project Zero: @EnbridgeGas, @FMPFSC & @OshawaFire are pleased to announce they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero. – https://t.co/bnPKicvYOo pic.twitter.com/HtABK4HjBV

— City of Oshawa (@oshawacity) November 1, 2021

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning 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.

“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and we have proof that prevention saves lives. 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,” said Steve McGivery, Director, GTA East Operations, Enbridge Gas.

This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in Ontario.

File photo courtesy of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

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