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June 7, 2017
Seniors' safety in spotlight as Toronto Fire Services launches month of safety awareness programming
Toronto Fire Services kicked off its 11th annual Safety Awareness Month initiative today with a safe seniors symposium at Toronto City Hall.

Today's event in the council chamber opened with an address by Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), Toronto Seniors Advocate, and by Fire Services Division Chief Stephen Welowszky. Other Fire Services staff and the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Public Health, the City's Transportation Services division and the Office of Emergency Management made presentations. Interactive displays were another feature of the event.

"Toronto Fire Services is committed to ensuring the fire and life safety of all seniors in Toronto," said Fire Chief Matthew Pegg. "During Safety Awareness Month, Toronto Fire Services will be placing additional emphasis on unattended cooking and careless smoking, as they are two of the leading causes of fires in the home."

Toronto Fire Services' Safety Awareness Month includes a full range of programming dedicated to the safety of older adults. Activities include another safe seniors symposium, taking place at North York Civic Centre on June 20, delivery of "Remembering When" fire and life safety workshops to more than 50 groups of seniors by Toronto Fire Services public educators, and door-to-door visits to about 70 Toronto Community Housing seniors' buildings every Wednesday evening in June. Fire prevention inspectors conducting the visits will provide information and safety tips to address the leading causes of home fires.

Toronto Fire Services has also partnered with Toronto Public Library to ensure fire and life safety information is available in each of its 98 branches and delivered through the home library delivery service and all Bookmobile stops in June.

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