Enbridge Gas Inc. helps Middlesex Centre Fire Services reduce fire and carbon monoxide deaths through Project Zero

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Middlesex Centre, Nov. 13, 2019 – Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. and Middlesex Centre Fire Services announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Middlesex Centre Fire Services received 126 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that will provide more than 9,100 alarms to residents in 40 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas Inc. invested $275,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 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, 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 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 defense to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Katie Hooper, Director, Transmission and Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc.

“The objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management. “It’s a program that municipal 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 garage.”

“Middlesex Centre is grateful for this generous donation from Project Zero,” said Mayor Aina DeViet. “With these alarms, our fire services team will be able to provide peace-of-mind to many residents in our community.”

About Middlesex Centre Fire Services

Middlesex Centre Fire Services offer a first line of response for fires, accidents, and other emergencies in our community. Professional, paid-on-call firefighters and a handful of full-time staff work out of five fire stations located across the municipality. In 2018, firefighters responded to 387 calls for assistance, and provided inspections, investigation and education and awareness training across the municipality.

For more information, visit www.middlesexcentre.on.ca or on Twitter/Facebook @MiddlesexCentre

About Enbridge Gas Inc.

Enbridge Gas Inc., formed on January 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution, is Canada's largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with a more than 170-year history of providing safe and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.7 million customers, heating over 75 per cent of Ontario homes. 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 Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution.

For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Heather Kepran, Communications Specialist, Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Tel: 519-666-0190 ext. 259

Enbridge Gas Inc. Media
Tel: 1-855-884-5112