Project Zero partners with Wainfleet Fire and Emergency Services

Fire Chief Morgan Alcock, Henry Timmers, Supervisor, Customer Safety and Compliance (Enbridge Gas Distribution), Mayor April Jeffs, Rick Finnemore, Fire Protection Adviser (Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management) and Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Schutten are happy to announce the Project Zero partnership with Wainfleet. Township of Wainfleet photo

Township of Wainfleet press release – Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Wainfleet Fire and Emergency Services announced Tuesday Oct. 2/2018 they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Wainfleet Fire and Emergency Services received 150 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that is providing more than 6,600 alarms to residents in 30 Ontario municipalities. This year, Enbridge invested $200,000 in Project Zero.

Since 2009, 34,384 alarms have been provided to Ontario fire departments as part of Project Zero.

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 defense 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 Henry Timmers, Enbridge Gas Distribution.

“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “By installing carbon monoxide alarms in their 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.”

“Prevention is a crucial line of defence and early detection can mean the difference between life and death for our friends and families,” says Wainfleet Fire Chief Morgan Alcock. “Thanks to this visionary program, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to get these important combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms into the homes of those who need them in the Township.”

“Enbridge’s commitment to this initiative has taken very real steps toward making our Wainfleet community safer,” says Mayor April Jeffs. “Public/private partnerships like this are a great example of what can be accomplished when business and government work toward a common goal.”


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