Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Enbridge & CKFES team up to reduce carbon monoxide deaths

On Tuesday, Enbridge Gas and Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

CKFES officials say they received 378 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that will provide 7,500 alarms to residents in 35 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $225,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 12 years, the program has provided more than 50,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

CKFES officials say 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,” stated Steven Jelich, Director, Southwest Region Operations, Enbridge Gas, in a press release.

“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.”

Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal, said the objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the 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 CO alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage,” Pegg said in a media release.

Chief Chris Case said every member of their team is committed to reducing deaths and injuries in the home with their greatest emphasis on the protection of the most vulnerable members of the community.

“We are delighted to receive this donation which will allow us to continue our ground-breaking Community Fire Safety efforts which have protected so many families to date,” Chief Case said in a media release.

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services is an all-hazards community safety department with the responsibility to care for the community through prevention, public education and response.

CKFES encompasses Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management.

CKFES provides community safety in the areas of fire safety, home safety, community health, and overall risk and hazard avoidance.

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 3.8 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.

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