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May 3, 2010
Media Advisory - Project Zero: Toronto fire inspectors begin door-to-door campaign
City of Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart, along with teams of fire inspectors who are in uniform and carrying proper identification, will take to the streets tomorrow morning in the northeast part of Toronto to begin the third phase of an inspection program for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Date: Tuesday, May 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: 8 L'Amoreaux Dr. (Door-to-door visits will begin along the block that starts at 8 L'Amoreaux Dr., just east of Warden Avenue at Finch Avenue and adjacent to Bridletowne Park)

As a response to residential fire fatalities in Toronto this year, Toronto Fire Services launched Project Zero, the first program of its kind in Toronto. Fire Inspectors will go door-to-door ensuring that
• there are working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas
• there is at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed in every home that has fuel-burning appliances, and
• homeowners are provided with the necessary information to help keep their homes and families safe by having and practicing a home escape plan.

Fire inspectors conducted home inspections in two other Toronto neighbourhoods earlier this year in Project Zero’s first two phases.

In Ontario, it is the law that every dwelling unit must have a properly maintained smoke alarm installed on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. As a part of Project Zero, homeowners who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation that must be complied with within 24 hours. In addition, homeowners in dwellings that have fuel burning appliances must provide a carbon monoxide alarm near sleeping areas (Bylaw 60-1998).

Project Zero is supported by Enbridge Gas Distribution, which has donated $20,000 toward the purchase of 550 combination carbon monoxide/smoke alarms.

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.

Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416- 338-0763



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