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May 17, 2010
Firefighters want you ‘Alarmed for Life’
Residents can expect to see members of Toronto Fire Services out in their community bringing vital fire safety information right to their door.

This annual door-to-door campaign, called Alarmed for Life, will be directed to residents living in single family dwellings, semi-detached houses, and townhouses to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities under the Ontario Fire Code. In effect since March 1, 2006, the code requires these types of dwellings to be equipped with working smoke alarms on every storey, as well as adjacent to all sleeping areas. In addition to installation, homeowners must also test and maintain smoke alarms, and address home escape planning in the event of a fire.

“Statistics show that individuals who are protected by working smoke alarms and a home escape plan have a much better chance escaping from a house fire,” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “It is heartbreaking to see families destroyed by fire. I want to see to it that every home in the Toronto is protected by working smoke alarms. It is your responsibility as a homeowner.”

Alarmed for Life began on May 15, and will continue until September 26. Fire crews will conduct the program on Saturdays and Sundays, and will deliver a multilingual package of information directly to residents’ doorsteps. At the same time, residents can speak with firefighters about any concerns or questions they may have.

Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about 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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Toronto Fire Services Media Line 416-338-0763



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