This year, Enbridge Gas Inc. invested $275,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 alarms to Ontario fire departments. “It’s a fact – smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives, but we still see residents who don’t have them or who don’t check to ensure their alarms are working and not expired,” said Chief Bill Boyes, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.
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.
“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,” said Grant Kilpatrick, Operations Manager, Enbridge Gas Inc.