Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas), the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety
Council (FMPFSC) and Alnwick/Haldimand Fire Department announced they are working
together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths
down to zero.
Alnwick/Haldimand Fire Department received 144 combination smoke and carbon
monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign
that will provide more than 8,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.
This year, Enbridge Gas invested $250,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over
the past 14 years, the program has provided more than 76,000 alarms to Ontario fire
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 evidence shows 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 Chris Doig, Eastern Region Operations Supervisor, Enbridge Gas.
“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and
carbon monoxide alarms to residents in Ontario communities who need them the 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 CO alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached
“The Alnwick Haldimand Fire Department is extremely pleased to have the assistance of
Enbridge for this significantly important program. In 2022, there were 133 fire deaths
reported in the Province of Ontario and the message about early detection to save lives
cannot be expressed loudly enough,” says Fire Chief Dave Dawson. “Safe Community
Project Zero greatly enables our fire department to get this message out by ensuring that
no home our crews leave goes without working smoke and CO alarms on every floor.
Thank you to Enbridge for being a great community partner!”