November 20, 2018
Thousands of residents who use Toronto’s food banks are to receive free smoke/carbon monoxide alarms in new Project Zero initiative.
The City of Toronto’s Fire Services, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge Gas Distribution today announced a partnership to improve home safety and bring fire-related and carbon-monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Toronto Fire Services has received 1,026 combinations of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that is providing more than 6,600 alarms for residents in 30 Ontario municipalities. Toronto Fire Services will be donating its allotment of alarms to the Daily Bread Food Bank for distribution to people in greatest need.
“As colder weather approaches, residents may spend more time indoors,” said Fire Chief Matthew Pegg. “Properly installed and maintained combination of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms provides early warning that is needed 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. All fuel-burning equipment needs to be properly maintained to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
“Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defense to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Pegg.