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Enbridge Gas Distribution helps Springwater Fire & Emergency Services and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

Posted on 09/20/2017
A group of people standing in front of a fire truck holding CO/Smoke AlarmsSpringwater Township / September 20, 2017 – Today, Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Springwater Fire & Emergency Services announced they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Springwater Fire & Emergency Services received 186 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. This year, Enbridge invested $100,000 in Project Zero.

Since 2009, Project Zero has been delivered to 85 Ontario communities.

When properly installed and maintained, 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. It is important that all fuel-burning equipment be properly maintained to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defence 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 Joe Corrigan, 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.”

“Project Zero is just one more step the men and women of Springwater Fire & Emergency Services are taking to ensure that residents remain protected in our community,” says Ian Gavet, Fire Chief, Springwater Fire & Emergency Services. “These combination alarms are critical life saving devices and provide those precious extra seconds to ensure occupants are able to escape when smoke or deadly carbon monoxide are present.”

“A special thank you to Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for partnering with Springwater Fire & Emergency Services on this important initiative,” says Mayor Bill French. “These combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be put to good use and ensure that residents in our community remain safe and can enjoy peace of mind.”

About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
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, and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, 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.

About Springwater Fire & Emergency Services
Springwater Fire & Emergency Services proudly serves a sub-urban community of over 18,000 people. The Springwater Fire Department is made up of up to 100 Paid-on-Call Firefighters, Company Officers and District Chiefs operating out of four fire stations. The fire department also issues fire permits, conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, provides safety training and oversees the Emergency Plan.

About Enbridge Gas Distribution
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 165-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution, and has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past eight years. Enbridge Gas Distribution distributes natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario.

For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.
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