*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — Jan. 16, 2023 — Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas), the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) and Burlington Fire Department announced they are working together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero in Burlington.
The Safe Community Project Zero is a public education campaign that is providing alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario. Through this project, the Burlington Fire Department has received 438 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
In 2022, 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.
The alarms provided to Burlington will be distributed through a combination of public events, the Alarm Assistance Program and response calls when needed.
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.
About the Burlington Fire Department
The City of Burlington Fire Department is made up of a team of highly trained and caring professionals who provide vital emergency response, prevention and education services. Our goal is to increase community safety and quality of life.
Our three lines of defense to prevent fires and losses, injuries and deaths are:
- Public education
- Prevention, inspection and fire code enforcement
- Emergency response and fire suppression
Our values and vision
Our team is made up of career staff and volunteers who are committed to our three key values of public safety, firefighter safety and customer service. We aim to be industry leaders in these areas through:
- Advanced training
- Employee development
- Harnessing technology
- Ongoing department evaluation
- Service excellence
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 Jan. 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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“The Burlington Fire Department is proud to serve our communities through offering emergency services, public education on fire prevention and emergency preparedness. We thank the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge Gas Inc. for the opportunity to be able to work together on this amazing project. Together we can support our most vulnerable and high-risk population by providing them with 10-year worry-free combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.” — Burlington Fire Chief Karen Roche, City of Burlington
“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.” — Hugh Soutar, GTA West Region Operations Supervisor, 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. 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.” — Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chair of the FMPFSC
Photo Caption: Left to Right: Public Education Officer Patricia Bednarski, Deputy Fire Chief John Pawlik, Firefighter Mike Moffat, Firefighter Ben Addison, Fire Division Associate Christina Milich, Firefighter Doug Maartense, Firefighter Mike Hruska, Firefighter Scott Wells, Captain Scott Collins, Firefighter Corry Curtis, Acting Captain Dave McNaughton, Training Officer Dave Ignatczyk, Acting Captain Corry Walsh, Fire Prevention Chief Colin Lahey, Fire Divisions Associate Tara Thorp, Deputy Fire Chief Philip Thorburn
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