Enbridge Gas Inc. helps Windsor Fire & Rescue Services Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero
Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. and Windsor Fire & Rescue Services announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Windsor Fire & Rescue Services received 360 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero, a public education campaign that will provide more than 9,100 alarms to residents in 40 municipalities across Ontario.
This year, Enbridge Gas Inc. invested $275,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 alarms to Ontario fire departments.
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,” says Steven Jelich, Director, Southwest Region Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc.
“The objective of 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 Chief, Emergency Management. “It’s a program that municipal 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.”
“We know that working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save lives,” said Fire Chief Steve Laforet. “Project Zero will help us provide alarms to those in our community that may not be able to obtain them on their own. I want to thank Enbridge for their support of our community. Because of Project Zero, Windsor Fire & Rescue Services is better able to deliver our important safety message and create a safer city.”
About the Fire Department
Windsor Fire & Rescue Service is comprised of over 300 men and women dedicated to providing excellent emergency response and fire safety education programs to a population of approx. 220,000. Each year, all members of the department, operating out of 7 divisions, support and deliver fire safety programming to tens of thousands of people of all ages.
About Enbridge Gas Inc.
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 with a more than 170-year history of providing safe and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.7 million customers, heating over 75 per cent of Ontario homes. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Enbridge Gas Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution.