Enbridge Gas helps Town of Petawawa Fire Department
Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Safe Community Project Zero
Town of Petawawa, March 7, 2022 – Today, Enbridge Gas, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and the Town of Petawawa Fire Department announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
The Town of Petawawa Fire Department received 192 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign that will provide over 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.
This year, Enbridge Gas invested $500,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over the past 13 years, the program has provided more than 68,000 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 Jean-Benoit Trahan, Director, Eastern Region Operations & Gazifere Operations, Enbridge Gas.
“The objective of Safe Community 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 and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “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 Town of Petawawa Fire Department's intention is always fire safety and fire prevention. The fire department seeks to prevent fires through an aggressive fire prevention program that minimizes fire risk through transparent public education and effective communication about enforcement,” says Fire Chief Steve Knott. “The donation of these combination alarms will assist us in our efforts help to keep our residents safe, by providing the critical early warning needed to escape from fire or carbon monoxide exposure in their homes.”
About the Town of Petawawa Fire Department
The Town of Petawawa Fire Department’s primary mission is to provide fire protection services to protect the lives and property of the approximately 17,000+ residents in the municipality of the Town of Petawawa from the adverse effects of fires or exposures to dangerous situations or conditions. The department’s 36 dedicated volunteer members are committed to providing excellent service to the community and respond to an average of 160 service calls per year. The Town of Petawawa promotes fire prevention and public education through partnerships with local schools, businesses, and community events. Learn more about the fire department at www.petawawa.ca/residents/fire-department/ or follow the Town of Petawawa Fire Department on Facebook or Twitter @PetawawaFD.
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, 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 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
Enbridge Gas Media