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June 8, 2011
Toronto Fire Services - Safety Awareness Week 2011
  
Toronto's Fire Services will be hosting its fifth annual Safety Awareness Week starting Monday, June 13. The campaign focuses on keeping your family safe from predictable and preventable injuries during summer months.

As part of its continuing support of the Risk Watch Injury Prevention program in Toronto elementary schools, Toronto Fire Services, along with dedicated school principals and staff, will be hosting four Risk Watch Safety Nights at the following schools next week:

Monday, June 13: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School, 160 Finch Ave. W.
Tuesday, June 14: St. Denis Catholic School, 67 Balsam Ave.
Wednesday, June 15: Galloway Road Public School, 192 Galloway Rd.
Thursday, June 16: Parkfield Junior School, 31 Redgrave Dr.

Each Risk Watch Safety Night is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will include fire safety displays, demonstrations, workshops and activities that will be held indoors as well as outdoors in schoolyards (weather permitting) - including a fundraising barbecue for the host school. In addition, Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Transportation Services, EMS, Animal Services, and the Canadian Red Cross will also be participating.

“Most injuries sustained by children are predictable and avoidable,” said Fire Chief William Stewart. “Our aim is to inform children and their parents so that they are aware of common injury areas. Education is the best tool we have to teach children how to keep themselves safe.”

Toronto Fire Services is urging everyone to note the following tips on safety and injury prevention to help keep their family safe from often predictable, preventable injuries during summer months.

Motor Vehicle Safety
▪ Check to make sure young children have not outgrown their child car seat or child booster seat, and be
sure everyone buckles up every time they are in a motor vehicle.

Fire and Burn Prevention
▪ This is a good time to practise your home fire escape plan. Remember to have everyone go to your
planned meeting place, so you know everyone got outside safely in the event of a fire.
▪ The law requires a working smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and on every storey of your home to
give the early warning needed to escape from a fire.
▪ Store gasoline and other flammable products outside your home in an approved safety container, tightly
sealed and out of sight and reach of children.
▪ Outdoor cooking fires and barbecues need to be kept a safe distance from the house - at least 4.5
metres (15 feet). Only a responsible adult should light a barbecue.
▪ Always leave the use, handling and discharge of fireworks, including sparklers, to trained professionals.

Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation Prevention
▪ At family barbecues, remember that hot dogs, steak and marshmallows can be choking hazards. Cut food
for young children into small pieces. Even in informal outdoor settings, everyone should sit down to eat.

Poisoning Prevention
▪ Certain plants, berries and mushrooms can be poisonous. Remind children to check with a trusted adult
before eating anything.

Falls and Playground Injury Prevention
▪ Review safe playground behaviours with your children and make sure playground equipment is in good
working order.
▪ Window guards are available to prevent children from falling. Place window guards only on windows not
to be used as a fire exit, unless they are equipped with a quick release mechanism that can be opened
easily from the inside. Screens will not prevent children from falling out.

Bike and Pedestrian Safety
▪ Check to make sure all bikes, helmets and other protective equipment fit properly and are in good
condition. Replace if necessary.
▪ Review safe bike and pedestrian behaviours with your children.

Water Safety
▪ Check to make sure personal flotation devices/lifejackets are in good condition and fit each family
member properly.
▪ Review safe water behaviours with your children.
▪ Supervise children at all times when they are in or near a body of water.

The Risk Watch program includes activities that promote safety for each of the eight leading causes of childhood injuries, addressing the following: motor vehicle safety; fire and burn prevention; choking, suffocation and strangulation prevention; poisoning prevention; falls and playground injury prevention; firearms injury prevention; bike and pedestrian safety; and water safety.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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