Update on Wheatley Multi-Gas Alarm Distribution Campaign

Since Tuesday, Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue has been going door-to-door distributing multi-gas alarms to households in Wheatley. So far, Chatham-Kent firefighters and volunteers have distributed 440 alarms and have visited over 500 houses. Door-to-door distribution will resume early next week to continue meeting the demand.

Residents outside the evacuation zone can pick up a multi-gas alarm at the Wheatley Resource Centre, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm located at 108 Talbot Road East.

“So far, we’ve been met with an excellent response from the community,” said Assistant Fire Chief Neil Woods. “These alarms were specifically chosen for the efficacy in detecting the active gases in the community and offer the people of Wheatley an extra measure of safety and peace of mind that they deserve.”

The alarms being distributed were chosen specifically for Wheatley for their capability to detect methane gas. H2S gas occurs along with natural gas, namely methane, which is the highest risk associated with leaking wells. H2S is readily detectable by its odour at very low concentrations, while methane is odourless and colourless and an explosive mixture can build up in enclosed spaces, leading to explosion.

The alarms are being paid for using a provincial grant from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, who provided $280,000 in funding to implement local priority projects to enhance emergency preparedness within its communities and prevent petroleum-related emergencies.

If you detect or suspect gas in your home, call 911 immediately.


For more information contact:

Eric Labadie

Manager, Corporate Communications

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

519-360-1998 x 2039


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