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February 27, 2007
Toronto Fire Services: know the top five ignition sources to stay alive
Toronto Fire Services reports that the top five sources of fires in the home over the last five years are: cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical distribution equipment, smokers’ articles, and candles.

Toronto Fire Services’ Fire Chief William Stewart cautions everyone to take responsibility for their lives and the lives of their families.

“Awareness and knowledge are vital tools in our effort to prevent fires, related injuries and loss of life,” advises Chief Stewart.

Toronto Fire Services offers these fire prevention safety tips:

• Never leave cooking unattended on your stove and always have a lid or baking sheet nearby to smother flames in a pot if necessary
• Ensure that your heating equipment such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and all other fuel-fired heating equipment is inspected annually by a professional, and cleaned as often as inspections suggest
• Extension cords are for temporary use only; do not use them in place of properly installed permanent wiring and do not run them under rugs or carpet
• Keep matches and lighters locked away where your children can’t get them
• Never leave candles unattended especially with children and pets in your home
• Make sure that you and your family have and practice a home escape plan and that everyone knows that once you are out - stay out.

For more information about fire prevention, visit the website at:

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 liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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