TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) -
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Enbridge Gas Distribution (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB), the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council and nine local fire departments will work together to deliver more than 2,700 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario homes.
Enbridge will provide $100,000 in funding for the expansion of the Project Zero program. The program was launched by Toronto Fire Services in 2009 and will now include an additional nine Ontario fire departments.
Project Zero is a public education program aimed at reducing residential fire and carbon monoxide deaths to zero. Enbridge Gas Distribution supported the inaugural launch in Toronto in 2009. This year's donation will allow more than 2,700 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in Ontario homes in Ottawa, Barrie, Brampton, Lindsay, Niagara Falls, Hawkesbury, Brockville, Oshawa and Caledon.
"Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "In about half of all fatal fires in Ontario there was no working smoke alarm. Project Zero will help get these life saving devices into homes across the province."
"Educating customers about the importance of properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment and installing a carbon monoxide alarm is an ongoing priority," said Janet Holder, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution. "We're proud to support this program to help 2,700 homes receive combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms."
The alarms will be distributed to homes in neighbourhoods where the number of residential fires and fire-related deaths and injuries have been higher than average. Ninety-seven people died as a result of fires in Ontario during 2009 and eighty of those deaths resulted from residential fires.
In Ontario, it is the law that every home must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. While carbon monoxide alarms are not currently legislated in Ontario, they are highly recommended by the Ontario Fire Marshal. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, when properly installed and maintained help provide the 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. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defense to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
About the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
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." The Council, Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal, operates at arm's length from the government and promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety.
Enbridge Gas Distribution traces its roots to 1848 when the Company's motto was "for the good of the community." That tradition has survived more than 160 years and today Enbridge remains committed to the communities it serves. Enbridge's community investment program focuses on efforts that help build healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities in the areas of health and safety, environment, culture and community, and education.
Enbridge Gas Distribution is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution and one of the 2010 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. Enbridge Inc. has been selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2010 and is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to about 1.9 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information visit www.enbridgegas.com.
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