Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Oshawa Fire Services have joined forces to distribute combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Oshawa households in need through Project Zero.
Project Zero is an annual public education campaign made possible by the partnership between Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. The campaign aims to reduce the number of residential fire and carbon monoxide related deaths to zero. This year, Enbridge invested $200,000 in Project Zero.
“It is partnerships like these that save lives,” said Mayor John Henry. “We thank Enbridge Gas and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for their support of Oshawa Fire Services and the Oshawa community and for making it possible for more homes to be equipped with these lifesaving devices.”
Today, Oshawa Fire Services received 342 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero. The combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be distributed to Oshawa homes in need of this critical detection device during their door-to-door Alarmed for Life visits this year.
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.
“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,” said Nicholas Kucera, Enbridge Gas Distribution.
“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” said 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.”
“Fire Services has a long standing relationship with Enbridge and community safety. Enbridge is a valued community partner and the contribution to safety is exceptional,” says Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark. “We are proud to take part in the Project Zero annual public education campaign made possible by the partnership between Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.”
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.
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