Partnership aims to reduce carbon monoxide deaths

Merna Emara

The Township of Alberton’s Volunteer Fire Department is working with Enbridge Gas to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.
As a result of this partnership, Alberton Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving 102 carbon monoxide alarms for local homes. This partnership is called Project Zero, a public education campaign that aims to provide 7,500 alarms to residents in 35 municipalities across Ontario.
Luke Skaarup, director at the Northern Region Operations of Enbridge Gas, said carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and they 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 defence to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning,” Skaarup said.
According to a press release, 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.
Enbridge Gas Inc., was formed on Jan. 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution. According to a press release, it 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.
Darren Hughes, joint fire chief for the Townships of Alberton, Chapple, Emo and LaVallee said he is thrilled that the Alberton Volunteer Fire Department has been selected to be a recipient of the Project Zero alarms.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to receive such a gift to the community on behalf of the Alberton Volunteer Fire Department,” Hughes said. “The benefit to the community will be immediate and will greatly support and enhance the department’s efforts to ensure every home in the Township has a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector.”
Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal said the objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to 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,” Pegg said.