Enbridge Gas Inc. helps Pelham FD feduce fire and carbon monoxide deaths

Enbridge Gas Inc.’s Project Zero has provided the Pelham Fire Department with 126 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to help the fire department help residents stay safe. Town of Pelham photo

Town of Pelham press release – On Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, Enbridge Gas Inc. and Pelham Fire Department announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Pelham Fire Department received 126 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 Grant Kilpatrick, Manager, Southeast 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.”

“The Pelham Fire Department is very grateful to receive the combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to help reduce fire and carbon monoxide deaths in Pelham,” said Pelham Fire Chief Bob Lymburner. “These alarms will be distributed by all three fire halls in Pelham to high-risk individuals.”

“I can’t say enough about the generosity of Enbridge in their donation of these smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Mayor Marvin Junkin. “We want our residents to be safe and to practice home safety, but not everyone has the means or knowledge to do so. We hope they’re never needed, but the alarms from Project Zero are going to save lives, and for 126 homes in Pelham, a crucial second line of defence will add safety and comfort.”


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