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Waterloo Fire Rescue partners up to improve home safety

Nearly 400 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been given to Waterloo Fire Rescue to support the community
Waterloo Fire Department
( file photo)

Waterloo Fire Rescue has joined up with Enbridge Gas to improve safety and reduce carbon monoxide-related deaths to zero.

Waterloo Fire Rescue has received 378 smoke and carbon monoxide smoke alarms through the Enbridge’s Project Zero, a public campaign that seeks to educate to provide 7,500 smoke alarms to residents in 35 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, a total of $225,000 has been devoted to Project Zero by Enbridge Gas, and over the past 12 years, the program has provided more than 50,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

When properly installed and maintained, these units will be able to provide an early warning against smoke and carbon monoxide and inform residents when to leave their house.

“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and we have proof 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 defence to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Rick Bigelow, Utility Service Manager of Enbridge Gas in a release.

Jon Pegg, an Ontario Fire Marshal, notes that the objective of Zero is to provide these alarms to Ontario communities that need them the most as well as a program that that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities.

“This is a great opportunity for Waterloo Fire Rescue and the City of Waterloo to partner with Enbridge Gas and the Project Zero campaign,” said Fire Chief Richard Hepditch. “This allows us to provide free combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to our residents to make sure they are safe in their homes from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.”

For more details, visit the Waterloo Fire Rescue website.






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