Reducing carbon-related deaths in Burlington the goal of new partnership


Published January 16, 2023 at 3:40 pm

A trio of organizations are teaming up with a goal to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero in Burlington.

Enbridge Gas, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Burlington Fire Department have started the Safe Community Project Zero, a public education campaign that is providing alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.

Through this project, the Burlington Fire Department has received 438 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to distribute in the city.

In 2022, 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 departments.

The alarms provided to Burlington will be distributed through a combination of public events, the Alarm Assistance Program and response calls when needed.

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.

“The Burlington Fire Department is proud to serve our communities through offering emergency services, public education on fire prevention and emergency preparedness,” said Karen Roche, Burlington Fire Chief.

“We thank the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge Gas Inc. for the opportunity to be able to work together on this amazing project. Together we can support our most vulnerable and high-risk population by providing them with 10-year worry-free combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.”

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