Cramahe Township Fire Department launches ‘Project Zero’


That’s the target of a new initiative in Cramahe Township aimed at preventing deaths from fire and carbon monoxide.

Cramahe Township Fire Department, Enbridge Gas and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council are working to improve home safety and eliminate fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths.

Cramahe Township Fire Department received 126 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero — a public education campaign that will provide over 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario. 

“We want to ensure our residents are safe from carbon monoxide,” says Mark MacDonald, Cramahe Township fire chief.

“The alarms that we have received from the Safe Community Project Zero campaign will be distributed throughout our community, to ensure that our residents have early detection and notification. Although all of our residents won’t be able to receive an alarm during this campaign, we want to stress the importance of having a functioning CO alarm in your home.”

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $500,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over the past 13 years, the program has provided more than 68,000 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 we have proof that prevention saves lives,” said Jean-Benoit Trahan, director of eastern region operations and Gazifere operations for Enbridge Gas. 

“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 defence to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.”

The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities that need them the most, said Jon Pegg, Ontario fire marshal and chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.

“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,” Pegg said.   

The Cramahe Fire Department is comprised of 35 volunteer fire members and one full-time fire chief. There are two stations in Cramahe Township.


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