Enbridge Gas helps Centre Wellington Fire Rescue Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

Posted On Friday October 02, 2020

CENTRE WELLINGTON, October 1, 2020 – Today, Enbridge Gas and Centre Wellington Fire Rescue announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Centre Wellington Fire Rescue received 240 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.

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 Murray Costello, Director, Southeast Region Operations, Enbridge Gas.

“The objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal. “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.”

“Centre Wellington Fire Rescue is very pleased to be receiving these alarms from our friends at Enbridge Gas. Working smoke and CO alarms save lives, and give people the warning they need to get to safety quickly in the event of an emergency. Households in Centre Wellington will be directly affected by this program, and that is just fantastic,” says Deputy Chief Tom Mulvey.

About Centre Wellington Fire Rescue
Centre Wellington Fire Rescue is a volunteer fire department consisting of 64 firefighters, a fire chief, two deputy chiefs, an administrative assistant, and a fire prevention officer. Their two stations in Elora and Fergus protect an area of over 400 square kilometers, consisting of a population of approximately 30,000.

About Enbridge Gas
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. Enbridge Gas Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.

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For more information, please contact:

Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105
Email: kathy.ash@firesafetycouncil.com

Fire Prevention Officer Christopher Paluch, Centre Wellington Fire Rescue
Tel: 519-843-1950
Email: cpaluch@centrewellington.ca

Enbridge Gas Media
Tel: 1-855-884-5112
Email: enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com

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