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August 1, 2007
Tips for preventing arson
Toronto Fire Services takes arson very seriously. To date this year there has been 200 arsons worth $2.5 million in property loss. Toronto Fire Services is working with the Ontario Fire Marshals Office and Toronto Police Services in the investigation of these fires.

In light of recent arson fires in the City, Toronto Fire Services provides some helpful tips to citizens to help prevent both arson fires, and fires in general.

“Don't make it easy for an arsonist to start a fire or easy for an outdoor fire to spread to buildings,” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “It is always prudent to keep your home and yard free from combustibles, to have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home for early detection, and to create and practice a home escape plan in the event of fire.”

Below are additional prevention tips to assist in reducing maliciously set fires:

- Keep leaves, firewood, overgrown brush and shrubbery and other combustibles away from buildings

- Keep doors and windows locked in garages, cars and unoccupied buildings. Board up abandoned buildings. Do not use locks, or other security devices that could trap a person in a building that was on fire.

- Store all flammable liquids such as propane, paints, gasoline, solvents or lawnmowers in an approved storage location such as locked metal cabinets, locked storage units and locked garages (preventing access to children). Keep flammable liquids away from heat sources such as furnaces and any type of heaters.

- To report a fire call 9-1-1

- In a non-emergency situation, when you know or suspect that an arson crime has been committed, or to report suspicious activity near a house, garage, alley, railway or other building, call the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222, extension 0.

- Keep matches and lighters out of reach and out of sight of children. The Toronto Fire Services, in conjunction with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, offers an arson prevention program for children called TAPP-C. Contact your closest fire station or fire prevention office for more information.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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.

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Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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