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Prince Edward County teams up with Enbridge Gas to tackle carbon monoxide deaths

October 27, 2023

Enbridge Gas Inc. and Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue have come together with the shared mission of reducing fire and carbon monoxide-related fatalities.

Combating carbon monoxide deaths through Safe Community Project Zero

Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue recently received a donation of 246 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through the Safe Community Project Zero initiative.

This public education campaign, in partnership with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, aims to distribute over 10,000 alarms to residents across 50 municipalities in Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas has committed an impressive $315,000 to the Safe Community Project Zero.

Over the past decade and a half, this initiative has provided in excess of 86,000 alarms to various fire departments throughout Ontario.

The importance of these alarms cannot be stressed enough.

When correctly installed and regularly maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are crucial in giving early warnings, allowing occupants to safely evacuate in case of a house fire or toxic carbon monoxide exposure.

It’s noteworthy that carbon monoxide, often referred to as the “silent killer,” is a lethal, odorless gas resulting from the incomplete combustion of many common fuels.

Statements from key figures emphasize the initiative’s importance

Mike Cooney, Eastern Region Supervisor Operations at Enbridge Gas, commented on the initiative: “Properly maintaining fuel burning equipment is the best way to reduce potential exposure to carbon monoxide, and an alarm is a critical second line of defense for protection.

“When we implement these strategies together, we protect our loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning, also known as the silent killer.”

Jon Pegg, the Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC, highlighted the broader effort across the state: “Across Ontario there is a renewed focus on the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver these alarms to areas where they are needed most.

“It’s a program that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a carbon monoxide alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage.”

Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue’s own Fire Chief, Chad Brown, expressed gratitude for the support: “Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue is incredibly grateful to receive the Safe Community Project Zero donation.

“We thank Enbridge and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for their very generous donation that supports our safety messaging that only working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives.

“The Safe Community Project Zero campaign ensures Prince Edward County residents have access to working alarms for their residences when they are in need.”

FSJA Comment

The collaboration between Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue and Enbridge Gas showcases a significant step in prioritizing community safety.

Carbon monoxide, dubbed the ‘silent killer,’ continues to pose risks to households, especially those without the appropriate alarm systems in place.

This partnership not only emphasizes the importance of these alarms but also ensures broader accessibility to them, particularly in high-need areas.

It’s a commendable effort that reflects the dedication of both entities in safeguarding the wellbeing of Ontario residents.

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