South Huron and Enbridge Gas team up on 2023 Project Zero

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Project Zero Promotion

Enbridge Gas teams up with South Huron Fire Department to Reduce Fire & Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Safe Community Project Zero

MUNICIPALITY OF SOUTH HURON, November 15, 2023 – Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas) and South Huron Fire Department announced they are working together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

South Huron Fire Department received 162 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) that will provide more than 10,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $315,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over the past 15 years, the program has provided more than 86,000 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, odorless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.

“Properly maintaining fuel burning equipment is the best way to reduce potential exposure to carbon monoxide, and an alarm is a critical second line of defense for protection. When we implement these strategies together, we protect our loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning, also known as the silent killer,” says Luke Berkmortel, London Operations Supervisor, Enbridge Gas.

“Across Ontario there is a renewed focus on the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver these alarms to areas where they are needed most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “It’s a program that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a carbon monoxide alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage.”

“Every year, our communities face more and more financial challenges,” says Fire Chief Jeremy Becker. “This grant will allow our firefighters to help our communities throughout the Municipality of South Huron by handing out smoke and CO alarms to those in need and to give them a break on the pocket book. The smoke and CO alarms will help keep our residents and visitors safe because every second counts in the event of a fire or CO emergency. Thank you, Enbridge Gas, for your donation of 162 smoke/co alarms through Safe Community Project Zero in support of the South Huron Fire Department.”

About the South Huron Fire Department

The South Huron Fire Department is made up of two (2) stations, located in Dashwood and Exeter, protecting over 10,000 residents. The department has a roster of 75 volunteer firefighters, along with a full-time fire chief and a full-time deputy fire chief/fire prevention & education. The department’s firefighters respond to fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle collisions, rescue and any other fire emergency. The South Huron Fire Department is dedicated to public education and prevention while ensuring the safety of people and property.

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 Inc.

Enbridge Gas is Canada’s largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario, with 2023 marking its 175th anniversary of serving customers. The distribution business provides safe, affordable, reliable energy to about 3.9 million customers and is leading the transition to a clean energy future through net-zero emissions targets and investments in innovative low-carbon energy solutions. 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 is owned by Enbridge (ENB), a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Visit enbridgegas.com to learn more.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Herbert, South Huron Fire Department Tel: 519-235-1981

Email: fpo@southhuron.ca

Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105

Email: kathy.ash@firesafetycouncil.com

Enbridge Gas Media

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