Enbridge Gas Inc. helps the County of Brant Fire Department Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero
Submitted Media Release
In the Main Photo: (L to R) William Ratelband (The Salvation Army), Rick Finnemore (Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management), John Gignac (The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation), Al Duesling (Enbridge), Councillor John Peirce (Acting Mayor of the County of Brant), Jeff Balkwill (Fire Prevention Officer for the County of Brant), Geoff Hayman (Fire Chief for the County of Brant) and Tom Waldschmidt (Fire Prevention Officer for the County of Brant)
On November 1st, Enbridge Gas Inc. and the County of Brant Fire Department announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
The County of Brant received 156 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.
“I want to thank Enbridge for being a great community partner and supporting the safety of our citizens,” said Mayor David Bailey from the County of Brant.
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.
“We are so grateful for this contribution to our community. We want to ensure that seniors, those with a disability or people who have difficulty affording new alarms, are given these as our first priority,” said Geoff Hayman, Fire Chief for the County of Brant. “Alarms are an important part of safety in every home and building.”
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 Murray Costello, Director, Southwest 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.”
About the County of Brant Fire Department
The County of Brant Fire Department aims to reduce loss of life and property due to fires and emergencies in our community. There are eight stations across the County with a fleet including pumpers, tankers, support vehicles and rescue boats. We are one department, with one mission; Excellence is our commitment to the community.
For more information visit www.brant.ca/Fire or follow us on Facebook @BrantFD.
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.
For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.