Enbridge Gas teams up with Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department to
Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Safe Community Project Zero
Township of Red Rock, ON, March 3, 2023 – Yesterday, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas) and Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department announced they are working together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department received 75 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) that will provide more than 8,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.
This year, Enbridge Gas invested $250,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over the past 14 years, the program has provided more than 76,000 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 evidence shows 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 Enbridge Gas.
“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents in Ontario communities who need them the most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “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.”
“In Ontario, more than 80 per cent of injuries and deaths from Carbon Monoxide (CO) occur in the home. We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Install CO alarms, and do everything you can to prevent CO in your home in the first place. Our message is simple, ‘Beat the silent killer: Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) in your home’” says Chief Ryan Pitre, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department.
About the Fire Department
The Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department is made up of approximately 25 volunteers, including a Volunteer Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and 23 firefighters. The Red Rock Fire Department provides fire protective and emergency services to the community of Red Rock, which covers over 40 square kilometers. The fire protection and emergency services delivered by the Red Rock Fire Department would not be possible without the dedication and commitment from volunteers within the community.
About the FMPFSC
The FMPFSC was established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, the FMPFSC promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the FMPFSC on Twitter @FMPFSC.
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.
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For more information, please contact:
Chief Ryan Pitre, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department
Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105
Enbridge Gas Media