Union Gas supports 'Alarmed and Ready' smoke alarm program

$2,500 grant to Hamilton Fire Department for the installation of smoke alarms

STONEY CREEK, ON, Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping Hamilton Fire Department improve public safety through a $2,500 grant to their "Alarmed and Ready" smoke alarm program.

Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel, Union Gas district manager for Hamilton/Halton, presented the cheque to Hamilton Fire Department Chief Fire Prevention Officer Frank Biancucci today at the Union Gas office on South Service Road in Stoney Creek.

In June 2004, the Hamilton Fire Department announced the launch of the "Alarmed and Ready" smoke alarm program. Through the program, Hamilton firefighters install smoke alarms and/or smoke alarm batteries in homes where homeowners, who because of financial reasons, age, physical or mental limitations, cannot install or purchase their own. The installation is provided at no cost to the homeowner and only minutes to complete.

"At Union Gas, safety governs everything we do, whether we are building a pipeline or installing a gas meter at your home," said Egbedeyi-Emmanuel. "Because of our safety culture, we make it a priority to support important and much-needed programs like this one, which is helping ensure the safe of those most vulnerable in our community."

"I am extremely pleased to announce today that Union Gas has committed to continue to assist Hamilton Fire Department in the 'Alarmed & Ready' Program with additional funding in the amount of $2,500 towards the purchase of smoke alarms and batteries," said Biancucci.  "This important funding supports our goal of installing smoke alarms/batteries to protect vulnerable citizens from the ravages of fire in their home."

For more than 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. Each year, the company supports the communities where its employees live and work through thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year, Union Gas donated close to $3 million to community and charitable organizations in Ontario, including over $928,000 to United Way.  In addition, Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided over 17,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Hamilton Fire Department
The Hamilton Fire Department serves a population of over 519,000 citizens in an area of approximately 1,200 square kilometers. Contact the Hamilton Fire Department – Fire Prevention Division at 905 546-2424 ext. 1380, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for more information on smoke alarms in your home or visit our web-site at www.hamilton.ca/fire.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $6.4 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.

SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

For further information: CONTACTS: Union Gas Limited: Andrea Stass, Manager, External Communications and Media Relations, Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490, Cell: 519 365-1010, astass@uniongas.com; Hamilton Fire Department: Claudio Mostacci, Public Information Officer, Fire Prevention Division, Ph: 905 546-2424 ext.7782, Cell: 905 971-9469, Claudio.Mostacci@hamilton.ca



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