Above, Enbridge Gas went above and beyond for North Dundas. The company donated 144 combination alarms to hand out to people in the community. Pictured, Winchester Fire Chief Dan Kelly, Administrative Assistant for Building, Planning & Enforcement Lisa Devereaux and North Dundas Fire Chief Mike Gruich.
WINCHESTER — Enbridge has pitched in to make North Dundas households safer, donating 144 combination alarms to the township fire department late last month.
The alarms are provided through Safe Community Project Zero, a public education campaign with the Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Council. This campaign will provide over 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.
“Getting these out in to the community is going to be great,” says North Dundas Fire Chief Mike Gruich. “There is a need for it, unfortunately, so having 144 alarms to hand out will make a big difference.”
The Kidde Canada 10-year smoke/CO alarms will be distributed to people in need, at no cost.
“We’re honoured once again that we’re able to benefit from Enbridge and their generosity,” notes Deputy Mayor Allan Armstrong. “It’s a needed commodity in every single home and it targets the less fortunate among us. On behalf of council and the North Dundas Fire Department, I wholeheartedly say thank you to Enbridge for this donation.”
Enbridge invested $500,000 in the Safe Community Project Zero campaign this year. Over the past 13 years, the program has provided more than 68,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.
“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 Jean-Benoit Trahan, Director, Eastern Region Operations and Gazifere Operations, Enbridge Gas.
The donated alarms were divvied up between the four fire stations for distribution.
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.
“The objective of Safe Community 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 and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “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.”