MUNICIPALITY of DUTTON DUNWICH, November 2, 2020 – Today, Enbridge Gas and the Dutton Dunwich Fire Department announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
The Dutton Dunwich Fire Department received 120 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 Steven Jelich, Director, Southwest 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.”
“The Dutton Dunwich Fire Department urges all residents to regularly test the function of their CO and smoke alarms. A few minutes spent checking your alarms every month could save your life in an emergency,” says Fire Chief Dan Lundy.
About the Dutton Dunwich Fire Department
The Dutton Dunwich Fire Department serves a community of approximately 4,000 residents in an area of 296 square kilometers. The department has 25 volunteer firefighters who operate two pumpers, one rescue vehicle, and one tanker.
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:
Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105
Dan Lundy, Dutton Dunwich Fire Department Tel: 519-319-1688 or 519-762-2204
Enbridge Gas Media Tel: 1-855-884-5112