Hamilton Natural Gas Utility to Receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Union Gas Limited operating in Hamilton will
receive a Fire Safety Partner Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a
ceremony on June 25, 2008 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize
outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    Union Gas Ltd. has been a key sponsor of the Hamilton Emergency Services
Alarmed and Ready smoke alarm program. With the support of Union Gas, Hamilton
Emergency Services has been able to purchase smoke alarms and batteries to
install in many homes in the Hamilton area.
    The Alarmed and Ready program was initiated in 2004 to assist residents
that are unable to purchase smoke alarms or new batteries. Hamilton Emergency
Services provides and installs the smoke alarms free of charge and replaces
batteries if necessary. To date, 374 smoke alarms and 92 batteries have been
installed in home in the Hamilton area.
    "Because of the support of Union Gas Ltd, many families are now safer
from fire," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke. "Without working smoke alarms,
people are at much greater risk for death or injury because they do not
receive early warning of fire."
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 17 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci and
Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the
Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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