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Media Release: Project Zero seeks to reduce fire and carbon monoxide related deaths

Brampton ON, July 26, 2016 – Yesterday, Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, and Brampton Fire and Emergency Services announced they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Brampton Fire received 552 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that is providing a total of 3,330 alarms to residents in 15 Ontario municipalities. This year, Enbridge invested $100,000 in Project Zero.
Since 2009, Project Zero has been launched in 78 Ontario communities.

Last August, Thorold Fire & Emergency Services responded to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm being activated at a Richmond Street address. The responding fire crew, coincidentally, were the crew that attended the residence in October 2014 to install carbon monoxide alarms as a part of the Project Zero program. Through this partnership - and the resources supplied by Enbridge and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council - Thorold Fire & Emergency Services were able to ventilate the home and divert a potentially tragic situation.

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning that is needed 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. It is important that all fuel-burning equipment be properly maintained to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defence to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Row 1: Fire Prevention Officer Nino Ferrante and Fire prevention Officer David Maiato
Row 2: Assistant Division Chief Len Papp, Mark Wilson, Senior Advisor with Enbridge Gas, Platoon Chief Dan Rowland, Fire Chief Michael Clark, Chief Training Officer with Oakville Fire Dept. and Member of the Public Fire Safety Council Richard Craibbe, Division Chief Andrew vonHolt, Deputy Fire Chief Kim Kane, Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi and Fire/Life Safety Education Coordinator Tina Hickey
Row 3: Sparky the Fire Dog
Row 4: Firefighter Allan Kendall and then Firefighter Todd Sindrey

“Safety is a top priority at Enbridge and we are committed to helping ensure that there are no deaths due to carbon monoxide exposure in Ontario,” says Mark Wilson, Enbridge Gas Distribution. “This partnership will help educate customers about the importance of installing a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm as well as properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment.”

“The ongoing partnership between Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for Project Zero has resulted in the distribution of over 24,000 combination alarms in Ontario communities,” says Arthur Pullan, Executive Director of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives and we are proud to support this program in an effort to help ensure the safety of Ontario residents who may have otherwise not been able to have these life-saving devices in their homes.”

“We’re grateful to Enbridge and the Fire Marshall’s Public Fire Safety Council for this generous donation of life-saving alarms,” said Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark. “We’ve identified some potentially higher-risk and vulnerable groups as recipients for these alarms.”

“I’m pleased to have this opportunity to provide more smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Brampton residents,” says Regional Councillor and Vice-Chair, Fire Services, Michael Palleschi. “We know they save lives, and the safety of our residents is a priority for Brampton Fire and for the City.”


About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Council promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety.
About Brampton Fire and Emergency Services
Tracing its roots back to Brampton’s first Fire Brigade in 1853, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services has more than 150 years of proud and innovative service to the City and residents of Brampton. Recognized across North America as a forward-thinking leader in fire prevention and firefighting operations, its mission is to protect the community with trained professionals through active partnerships, providing the highest quality preventative, educational and emergency services. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @BramptonFireES on Twitter.

About Enbridge Gas Distribution
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 165-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Enbridge has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past seven years and was also named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2015. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGasNews.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1.866.379.6668 ext. 105
Email: kathy.ash@firesafetycouncil.com

Natalie Stogdill, Media Coordinator, City of Brampton
Tel: 905.874.3654
Email: natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca

Elizabeth McCarthy, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Tel: 1.855.884.5112
Email: enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com