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Project Zero reaches homes in need in Oshawa

Members of Oshawa city council along with Mayor John Henry met with firefighters to promote Project Zero in Oshawa. (Photo by Chris Jones)

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

Project Zero is an annual campaign that aims to assist those in high-risk areas with fire and carbon monoxide safety.

This year Oshawa Fire Services distributed combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to Oshawa homes in need of such a device.

They donated the detectors during their Alarmed for Life visits, where they go door-to-door visiting the homes that might need the devices.

Enbridge Gas Distribution donated the alarms this year through their Project Zero campaign.

Joe Casey from the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management, spoke to members of Oshawa city council and Oshawa Fire Services.

“Project Zero is a strong example of [partnerships between council, the fire department, and the general public] at work,” says Casey.

Casey says that he has been speaking all across the province, and that the objective of Project Zero is to deliver the fire and carbon monoxide detectors to high-risk areas in Ontario.

According to Casey, the Oshawa fire department received 342 alarms, valued at approximately $20,500. “That’s just amazing,” says Casey.

The project was launched in 2009, and Enbridge Gas Distribution has donated approximately $1 million to Project Zero, which has resulted in the distribution of more than 34,000 alarms according to Casey.

Project Zero been implemented in numerous municipalities across Ontario.

This year Enbridge Gas Distribution invested approximately $200,000 into Project Zero, and provided approximately 6,600 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to homes in need.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic, colourless and odorless gas that is formed by incomplete combustion of carbon.

Everyone is at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and the symptoms are: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and chest pain. It can also result in death.

If your alarm goes off, the best course of action is to get every person out of the building, and call 911.