Enbridge Gas teams up with West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services to Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Safe Community Project Zero

For Immediate Release: February 16, 2023

Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas), the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) and West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services announced they are working together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services received 204 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign that will provide more than 8,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, 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.

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 evidence shows 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.”

Nick Klip

Manager Operations

Hamilton Niagara Region

Enbridge Gas

“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents in Ontario communities who need them the most. It’s a program that 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.”

Jon Pegg

Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair


“One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide is to ensure that you have working smoke and CO alarms installed. In 2022, 133 Ontarians lost their lives in fires. Working smoke/CO alarms can mean the difference between the loss of property or the tragic loss of life when fires occur."

Tim Hofsink

Acting Fire Chief

West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services

About West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services

West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services is a composite fire department in Niagara, Ontario. It was established in 1950, and has been growing with the community since. There are two stations, one in Smithville and one in Caistor Centre. The 55 volunteer firefighters, administrative assistant and two chief officers serve the community of approximately 15,000 people, spread over an area of over 325 square km.

About the FMPFSC

The FMPFSC was established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, the FMPFSC promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the FMPFSC on Twitter @FMPFSC.

About Enbridge Gas

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 3.8 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.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Trzok, Fire Administrator

West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services

Tel: 905-957-3346 ext. 7004


Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council

Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105


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