LTES receives 126 combination smoke & carbon monoxide alarms via Project Zero
(Pictured L-R LTES Chief, Fred Stephenson, Loyalist Township CAO, Steven Silver, Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee, Fire Protection Adviser, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Scott Hayes, Manager Operations East, Enbridge, Greg Thompson)
LOYALIST, November 6, 2019 – Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. and Loyalist Township Emergency Services announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Loyalist Township Emergency Services 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, odorless 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 Luke Skaarup, Director, Northern 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.”
“Loyalist Township is grateful to Enbridge Gas for their generous donation. The smoke and carbon monoxide alarms received through Project Zero will help keep our community safer through early detection,” said Loyalist Township Mayor Ric Bresee.
“While this generous donation from Enbridge Gas provides us with an opportunity to equip households in our community that don’t have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, we’re also able to educate the public on the importance of early detection,” stated Fred Stephenson, Loyalist Township Director of Emergency Services.
About the Fire Department
The Loyalist Fire Department is a composite department that operates four strategically located fire stations, encompassing an area of 342.27 square kilometers and a population of approximately 16,971. The department’s mission statement provides the following: “Our mission will be accomplished through Fire Prevention, Education, and Emergency Preparedness programs”.
About Enbridge Gas Inc.
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 3.7 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.
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