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January 23, 2007
Make it Stop! Campaign targets nuisance smoke alarms
Toronto City Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West) will join Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart and the recently appointed Fire Marshal of Ontario, Pat Burke, to launch a unique provincial campaign to combat nuisance smoke alarms and to increase the number of working smoke alarms in Ontario homes.

Date: Thursday, January 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Toronto Fire Station #321, 231 McRae Dr.

A nuisance alarm refers to a smoke alarm that activates due to cooking, making toast or using a shower. Residents are encouraged not to remove or disconnect smoke alarm batteries to silence the alarm. Disengaging smoke alarms leaves people vulnerable in a real fire emergency.

A new website and public service announcements will be introduced, and live demonstrations of common scenarios will be conducted by fire safety professionals.

Three homes near the fire station will be available for individual media demonstrations. Further details about the locations and times of the demonstrations will be available at the news conference, or by calling ahead.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services

Carol Gravelle
Office of the Fire Marshal

Janice Johnstone
Office of the Fire Marshal



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