Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services and Inter-Township Fire Department received 180 combination smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign that will provide over 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.

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.

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.

“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,” says Murray Costello, Director, Southeast Region Operations, Enbridge Gas.

“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” says 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.”

“This donation of combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will help our residents who are in need of new or additional protection. Our department is very pleased to have received the alarms and look forward to working with Inter-Township Fire Department to deliver this life-saving initiative,” says Interim Fire Chief Will Plagenz, Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services.

“We are excited to participate in this partnership with Enbridge Gas to deliver smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout our coverage area over the next few weeks,” says Acting Fire Chief Jeff Gautreau of the Inter Township Fire Department.

 Residents who require the alarms should call the Owen Sound fire station at 519-376-2512.

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Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services provides emergency response to the residents and business within the City of Owen Sound. The Inter-Township Fire Department provides services to Georgian Bluffs and the westerly portion of the Municipality of Meaford.

The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, the Council promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the Council on Twitter @FMPFSC.

Enbridge Gas Inc., formed on January 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution, is Canada's largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario. Enbridge Gas Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc.

source: media release