Union Gas Supports Sarnia Fire Rescue Services With $1,000 For Safety Awareness Programs

SARNIA, ON, September 27, 2016 - Union Gas supports Sarnia Fire Rescue Services with a $1,000 grant to improve community safety through their Fire Prevention Week initiative "Don't wait check the date, smoke alarms expire every 10 years."

"At Union Gas, safety governs everything we do, whether we are building a pipeline or installing a gas meter at your home," said Greg Wagner, utility services manager Sarnia, Union Gas. "And we share that commitment by supporting local firefighters in their efforts to help us all stay safe."

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Fire Chief John Kingyens, Greg Wagner, utility services manager Sarnia, Union Gas and Fire Life Safety Educator Mike Otis

The 2016 Fire Prevention Week (October 9th to 15th) campaign, "Don't wait check the date, smoke alarms expire every 10 years," provides an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of checking smoke alarms to make sure that they haven't expired. Residences are required to have a working smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.  It is also highly recommended to have working smoke alarms in every bedroom.  The Union Gas grant will enable the department to provide public education materials specifically around this important Fire Prevention Week message.  Fire Prevention Week is a platform when citizens are tuned into fire safety.  During Fire Prevention Week there are key life safety media messages delivered from Sarnia Fire Rescue Services and the Office of the Fire Marshal Emergency Management (OFMEM).  Sarnia Fire Rescue Services will continue communicating and meeting with community groups throughout the year.

"We welcome the participation and support from Union Gas," said John Kingyens, fire chief, Sarnia Fire Rescue Services. "Working together on our mission to reduce the loss of life and lessen the risk within the community through public education."

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 over 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 Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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David Primorac
External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-4600 ext. 5002058

Sarnia Fire Rescue Services
John Kingyens
Fire Chief
Ph: (519) 332-1122 ext. 4302

For more information, visit sarnia.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Mike Otis
Fire Life Safety Educator
Ph: (519) 332-1122 ext. 4308