Enbridge Gas provides smoke/carbon monoxide alarms for Perth as part of Project Zero

September 29, 2017 by
From left to right: Stéphane Dubuc, Fire Protection Advisor, Office of the Fire Marshal Emergency Management Jamie LeBlanc, Enbridge Gas Distribution Councillor Judy Brown, Town of Perth Trevor Choffe, Fire Chief/Health and Safety Officer, Perth Fire Services

From left to right:
Stéphane Dubuc, Fire Protection Advisor, Office of the Fire Marshal Emergency Management; Jamie LeBlanc, Enbridge Gas Distribution; Councillor Judy Brown, Town of Perth; Trevor Choffe, Fire Chief/Health and Safety Officer, Perth Fire Services

Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, and Perth Fire Services are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Perth Fire Services received 120 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.

Enbridge has invested $100,000 in Project Zero this year alone. Since 2009 the project has been rolled out in 85 Ontario communities.

The 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. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defense, after proper maintenance, 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 Jamie LeBlanc, 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.”

“This donation addresses a great need in our community. Unfortunately there are still many homes without working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms and the Project Zero campaign gives the Perth Fire Services an opportunity to ensure that all of our residents have access to working alarms that could save their lives one day. We are looking forward to rolling this program out and improving our resident’s safety,” explained Chief Trevor Choffe.

"This is a fantastic partnership and we are thrilled that Enbridge Gas has chosen the Town of Perth as a beneficiary. We know alarms save lives and our residents will greatly benefit from this project. On behalf of Council, we thank Enbridge and the Fire Marshal’s Office for the opportunity to reach out to our residents and for their efforts to promote fire and carbon monoxide safety and awareness,” said Mayor Fenik.

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