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April 3, 2012
City of Toronto receives big boost to injury prevention program
The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council has given a boost to the injury prevention efforts of Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Public Health, with a donation of 3,000 Risk Watch curriculum resource binders. These binders will be provided to the 600 elementary schools in the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board.

In Canada, preventable injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children. More children die annually from injury than from all childhood diseases combined. The majority of these injuries are predictable and preventable. By teaching children how to make safer choices when faced with risks, the number of childhood injuries can be significantly reduced.

"I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council and Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek for this generous donation," said Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart.

"Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Public Health are committed to children's injury prevention," said Chief Stewart. "This donation will allow us to provide every elementary school with a set of these valuable resources, giving more teachers in every school the opportunity to teach injury prevention in the classroom."

Risk Watch is a comprehensive resource for injury prevention. It is designed to help children and families create safer homes and communities by teaching students the skills to make educated choices about risk in their lives.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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