Clarence-Rockland, July 24, 2018 – Today, Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Clarence-Rockland Fire Department announced they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Clarence-Rockland Fire Department received 150 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that is providing more than 6,600 alarms to residents in 30 Ontario municipalities. This year, Enbridge invested $200,000 in Project Zero. Since 2009, 34,384 alarms have been provided to Ontario fire departments as part of Project Zero.
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.
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.
“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,” says David Marshall, Enbridge Gas Distribution.
“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” says 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.”
“The Clarence-Rockland Fire Department is working hard to improve the fire and carbon monoxide safety of our residents through door-to-door visits of all homes over a 10 year period,” says Brian Wilson, Clarence-Rockland Fire Chief. “This generous donation will help provide a higher level of safety and protection for our residents, and we are extremely grateful to Enbridge Gas Distribution and to the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for their generous contribution towards making Clarence-Rockland a safer place.”
“On behalf of the City of Clarence-Rockland and its Fire Department, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council for the generous support provided through the Project Zero grant initiative,” says Mayor Guy Desjardins. “The 150 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will greatly help provide the early warning that is needed to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure and ultimately contribute to a better protection in our community's homes.”
About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Council promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the Council on Twitter @FMPFSC.
About the Fire Department
The Clarence-Rockland Fire Department covers an area of around 300 square kilometers and protects more than 23,000 residents with a force of 80 firefighters out of 3 fire stations. The department’s moto is Honoring the past, Serving the present and Protecting the future. Their mission is to provide a range of programs to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of Clarence-Rockland from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature.
About Enbridge Gas Distribution
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a 170-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution, and has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past nine years. Enbridge Gas Distribution distributes natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario. 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
Martin Saumure, Clarence-Rockland Fire Department
Tel: 613-446-6022. ext. 2305
Akilah Dressekie, Enbridge Gas Distribution