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Enbridge Gas helps North Grenville Fire Service Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

October 8, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Today, Enbridge Gas and the North Grenville Fire Service announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

The North Grenville Fire Service 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 Ian Ross, Director, Eastern 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.”

“Smoke and CO alarms can provide the early warning needed to help protect residents from the dangers of smoke and carbon monoxide,” says Fire Chief John Okum. “Residents can help keep their families safe by having working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and a carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas.”

About North Grenville Fire Service

The North Grenville Fire Service protects the lives, property and environment of the people who reside in the Municipality of North Grenville. NGFS employs a full-time fire chief, deputy chief, fire prevention officer and administrative assistant, and 40 paid/on-callAbout North Grenville Fire Service The North Grenville Fire Service protects the lives, property and environment of the people who reside in the Municipality of North Grenville. NGFS employs a full-time fire chief, deputy chief, fire prevention officer and administrative assistant, and 40 paid/on-callfirefighters. Personnel are trained to respond to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency incidents including fires, rescues and medical and hazardous-material emergencies. NGFS is also responsible for fire prevention, public education and emergency preparedness, and covers an area of 353 square kilometers, with a population of over 16,000 residents.

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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For more information, please contact:

Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105
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North Grenville Fire Service
Tel: 613-258-9569 ext. 201
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Enbridge Gas Media
Tel: 1-855-884-5112
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