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Enbridge Gas teams up with Ottawa Fire Services to Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths

From the Ottawa Fire Services






The City of Ottawa, ON, February 6, 2023 – Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas),

the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) and the Ottawa Fire Services

announced they are working together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon

monoxide-related deaths down to zero.


Ottawa Fire Services received 1050 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign that will provide

more than 8,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $250,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over

the past 14 years, the program has provided more than 76,000 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 evidence shows 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, Eastern Region Director, Enbridge Gas.

“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and

carbon monoxide alarms to residents in Ontario communities who need them the most,”

says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “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.”


“Ottawa Fire Services’ values this important partnership with Enbridge Gas Inc. and the

Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Council. Having a working combination smoke and carbon

monoxide alarm is critical in early detection and ensuring our residents can escape

quickly in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak. Our service will ensure that these

life-saving alarms are distributed throughout our community during inspections and public

education events,” says Fire Chief Paul Hutt.

About Ottawa Fire Services

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) protects the lives, property and environment for the citizens

of and visitors to the City of Ottawa. OFS provides services from 45 stations located

across the City of Ottawa. Collectively, these stations provide service to approximately

1,046,440 residents across 2,796 square kilometres. The OFS team is comprised of

career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, as well as inspection, education, safety, training,

communications, maintenance and administration personnel.


About the FMPFSC

The FMPFSC was 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 FMPFSC promotes fire

prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various

groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the FMPFSC 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.


For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.

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