November 24, 2015 - Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, Union Gas and the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council have teamed up through Project Zero to launch Thunder Bay Fire Rescue's SAFE program (Smoke/CO Alarms For Everyone). The SAFE program is an assistance-based program geared towards local home owners that require assistance with the acquisition or installation of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue's SAFE program assists homeowners who have financial or physical barriers to ensuring their homes are compliant with Ontario Fire Code.  This program has been generously initiated by a $3000 donation of combination smoke/CO alarms from Union Gas.

"The SAFE program will allow us to help homeowners that require assistance to meet compliance regulations," said Fire Chief John Hay. "Thanks to Union Gas's generous support and the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council's Project Zero, we can help with providing smoke and CO alarms or help homeowners install their own alarms. Smoke alarms provide the early warning needed to safely escape a fire and only CO alarms can alert you the deadly presence of CO."

"One of our core values at Union Gas is safety. Through our relationship with the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council's Project Zero, we are delighted to team up with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue in support of their public education campaign on the importance of CO and smoke alarms," said Enzo Fabiano, Utility Services & Construction manager -Thunder Bay and Nipigon area. "With today's announcement, the SAFE program will go a long way in assisting and protecting our community members."

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds residents it's the law to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are to be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel fired appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage. For more information, visit

To request assistance through the SAFE program, contact Thunder Bay Fire Rescue at 625-2103.

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Contact:  Anthony Stokaluk, Public Education Officer - Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, 625-2802, cell 631-7033 or