Old for New: Because it Protects You Contest a Success

'Old for New Because it Protects You' Contest a Success
Posted on 06/05/2017

Old for New Contest WinnerTownship of Springwater / June 5, 2017 – Springwater Fire & Emergency Services have found Springwater’s oldest smoke/CO alarm through the Old for New: Because it Protects You contest and are naming this year’s program a great success.

As part of the annual Alarmed for Life campaign, Springwater Firefighters visited 100 households in May and spoke with homeowners about fire safety. During their visit Firefighters ensured the homes had an adequate number of detectors that were working correctly and had not passed the expiration date. 13% of homes that were visited were not in compliance with current legislation; however Springwater Firefighters were able to bring these homes up to code by providing new alarms or supplying information on how to meet current legislation.

As a new initiative this year, all Springwater residents were invited to submit their expired alarms for the Old for New: Because it Protects You contest for a chance to win a $700 prize pack. The winner of the inaugural contest was Diane Grant of Minesing who submitted an alarm that was 40 years old.

“The Old for New Contest was a fun incentive to get people to check their smoke/CO alarms and ensure that they had not expired,” says Jeff Corriveau, Fire Prevention Officer. “We received 20 alarms in total with the oldest alarms being 27, 35 and 40 years old. Any time we can get someone to change their expired alarms, we consider it a success.”

For bringing in her old alarm, Diane won a prize pack valued at $700 dollars, including over $550 in gift certificates donated by businesses in the Elmvale Business Improvement Area (BIA), as well as four green fees at Orr Lake Golf Course.