Groups partnering to reduce carbon monoxide-related deaths in Kawartha Lakes

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L-R: Ron Raymer, Deputy Fire Chief, Joel Mackie, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Mayor Letham, Joe Casey, Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall.

KAWARTHA LAKES- Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue announced they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero at Tuesday’s council meeting.

It’s called Project Zero and through the initiative Kawartha Lakes received 390 units equalling over $23,000 worth of combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Its 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.

Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst remarked, “These additional smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be put to good use across our municipality. We look forward to the opportunity to share early prevention and detection tips with residents as we roll them out.”

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.

“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “By installing carbon monoxide alarms in the home, on every level and adjacent to sleeping areas, residents can help prevent needless tragedies.  Project Zero is an invaluable program that helps fire departments educate residents in their community about carbon monoxide alarms.”

Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defense to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. 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.

“We have proof that prevention saves lives.  Knowing this, we remain committed to educating our customers about the importance of installing a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, as well as properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment,” said Joel Mackie, Enbridge Gas Distribution. 

“We are pleased with the generous donation from Enbridge to help keep our community safer through early detection,” commented Mayor Andy Letham.

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.