$1,000 grant to Fire Department for Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Program
BELLE RIVER, ON, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping the Town of Lakeshore Fire Department reduce the costs associated with responding to false alarms, courtesy of a $1,000 grant for the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Replacement Awareness program.
"A passionate commitment to safety is central to our business culture and operations. It is one of our core values and part of everything we do from ensuring our pipeline system is in safe operating condition at all times, to supporting important safety initiatives in the communities we serve," said Tim Meechem, Union Gas utility service manager for Windsor East. "That's why we are so pleased to support the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Replacement Awareness Program and the work the Lakeshore Fire Department is doing to improve the safety of the citizens of Lakeshore."
The Fire Department is responding to an increasing number of false carbon monoxide detector alarms. Data shows that false alarms are directly related to detectors that have exceeded their intended five-year life span. Through the Replacement Awareness program, brochures have been delivered to 7,000 homeowners prompting them to check and replace expired devices.
" We want our residents to be protected with up-to-date detection devices in their homes backed up by a practiced Home Escape Plan," noted Lakeshore Fire Chief Don Williamson. "Replacing outdated carbon monoxide and smoke alarm devices ensures they have working alarms that will alert them to a real threat condition."
Over the past 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer hours for community organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3 million to charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $900,000 to United Way. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.
About Lakeshore Fire Department
The Lakeshore Fire Department is a five-station; 100 fire fighter; paid on call emergency service, that is supported by a full time fire administration. The department serves 35,000 residents located in the largest geographical municipality in Windsor Essex County.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011-2013 and one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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Town of Lakeshore Fire Department