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December 30, 2003
Media Advisory: Fire and Police Services holiday alcohol safety display
Toronto Fire and Police Services are hosting a news conference with an
auto-extrication display and need your to help get some important holiday
safety messages out.

Toronto Fire Fighters from Rescue Squad 331 will show how they extricate people
out of a car wreck.

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen Street

During New Year's Eve celebrations, cooking, smoking and driving while under
the influence of alcohol can be deadly. Chaperon drinkers and make sure they
take a taxi or have a sober designated driver. Watch that cigarettes are
properly extinguished and the stove is off before going to bed.

Unfortunately, the number of fires, accidents and fire deaths typically rises
sharply during the holiday season. Gatherings of family and friends can mean an
increase in cooking activity, which is the leading cause of home fires. Alcohol
consumption also tends to increase this time of year and is cited as a
contributing factor in many of Toronto's fire and vehicular deaths. Add
candles, holiday decorations and heating equipment to the mix and the potential
for disaster is great.

They will also remind you that space heaters need space, never leave candles
unattended and only smoke outside.

The holidays are a wonderful time for family, friends, sharing and caring.
However, it is also a time when many tragic and avoidable accidents can ruin

The men and women of the Toronto Police and Fire Services wish everyone a very
safe and Happy New Year!

For information about holiday fire safety, visit:

Media contacts:
Mike Strapko, Acting District Chief, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319
(office) 416-570-2841 (cell), 416-334-5223 (pager)
Constable Julie Mahoney, Toronto Police Service, 416-808-1939



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