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From left to right: Rick Gazda from Enbridge Gas Distribution, Stéphane Dubuc of the Ontario Fire Marshal's office, Mayor François St. Amour, and Tobias Hovey, fire chief for The Nation. (Photo: Francis Tessier-Burns).

The Nation partners with Enbridge to prevent carbon-monoxide related deaths

The number of calls related to carbon monoxide has tripled in the Nation in the past five years, according to the municipality’s fire chief, Tobias Hovey.

But he sees that as somewhat of a good sign: it means people have more alarm systems to detect the toxic gas.

And the municipality is looking to continue that trend.

At its latest council meeting, on Monday, The Nation received 144 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors courtesy of Enbridge Gas Distribution after partnering for its Project Zero program.

The project aims to “bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero,” according to a release.

Stéphane Dubuc, fire protection advisor with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office, said between 2001 and 2007, there were 74 accidental carbon monoxide-related deaths in the province, according to the Canada Safety Council.

While carbon monoxide-related calls in The Nation have gone up, there have been no deaths in the past five years.

Hovey said the fire department plans to distribute the detectors during Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 8 to 14. It will focus on the extremities of the municipality since it takes firefighters longer to get to those locations and older buildings often don’t have carbon monoxide detectors.

Launched in 2015, the municipality also currently has a program where residents can apply to get a free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, though the stock is diminishing. Application forms can be found on The Nation’s website.

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