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Enbridge donation to make Laurentian Valley homes safer

By Celina Ip

Enbridge Gas Distribution has donated 120 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the Laurentian Valley Fire Department to help ensure the safety of residents in the region. Pictured here (from left) are Office of the Fire Marshal representative Joe Casey, Laurentian Valley Mayor Steve Bennett, Laurentian Valley fire chief Tim Sutcliffe and Enbridge operation supervisor Andre Gaudette.

Enbridge Gas Distribution has donated 120 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the Laurentian Valley Fire Department to help ensure the safety of residents in the region. Pictured here (from left) are Office of the Fire Marshal representative Joe Casey, Laurentian Valley Mayor Steve Bennett, Laurentian Valley fire chief Tim Sutcliffe and Enbridge operation supervisor Andre Gaudette.

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Over 100 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be installed in Laurentian Valley homes thanks to Project Zero.

 

The public education campaign – a partnership between Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Laurentian Valley Fire Department – is providing 120 alarms, valued at over $7,100 to local residents in critical need of a new device.

Since the launch of the campaign in 2009, Enbridge has contributed over $800,000 to Project Zero, resulting int he distribution of more than 27,000 alarms in 85 Ontario communities.

The objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to high-risk areas of Ontario communities, so that if deadly carbon monoxide or smoke is detected, residents will receive the necessary warning in order to safely escape.

On Oct. 3, at the Township of Laurentian Valley’s special council meeting, representatives discussed the 2017 Project Zero campaign and the significant benefits it would provide to the community by enhancing safety and educating the public on the importance of smoke alarms.

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are critical life safety devices for everyone,” said Joe Casey, Office of the Fire Marshal representative. “I’d like to thank Enbridge Gas Distribution for its long-term support and commitment to this important initiative. I would also like to congratulate Mayor Bennett, Fire Chief Sutcliffe and the Laurentian Valley Fire Department for launching this campaign in their community to help keep residents safe in their homes.”

Laurentian Valley fire chief Tim Sutcliffe added that the combination alarms are critical to saving lives, as smoke is visible but carbon monoxide is a silent killer that is known to be odourless and tasteless.

“It's nice of Enbridge distributors to give us something like this because it helps us so much with fire prevention. They've given us 120 smoke detectors and we'll hand them out to people that need them,” said Sutcliffe. “It's proven over and over again that smoke alarms save lives. Smoke you can see, but carbon monoxide you can't see, and these devices detect both.”

For those in need of a new combination smoke alarm, contact the LV office at 613-735-6291

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