Enbridge Gas helps Kenora Fire and Emergency Services Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

KENORA, October 05, 2020 – Today, Enbridge Gas and Kenora Fire and Emergency Services announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services received 216 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 Luke Skaarup, Director, Northern 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.”

“I would to like thank Enbridge for this generous donation,” says Chief Todd Skene. “To have working smoke and CO alarms in every home is extremely important, as early warning is the key to getting out of a fire or surviving CO poisoning. This program allows Kenora Fire and Emergency Services to ensure those in need are protected.”

About Kenora Fire and Emergency Services
The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services operates out of three fire stations, with each station having an initial geographic response area and a fleet of emergency vehicles. One station is staffed by career firefighting personnel twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days of the year. The other two stations are staffed by volunteer firefighters on an on-call basis. The Service has established a wide range of public fire safety and prevention programs, and an inspection program to assist with fire prevention and public fire safety education. It is also responsible for fire suppression, medical calls and motor vehicle accident response.

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
Email: kathy.ash@firesafetycouncil.com

Captain Douglas Schott, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services
Tel: 807-467-2090
Email: dschott@kenora.ca

Enbridge Gas Media
Tel: 1-855-884-5112
Email: enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com