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May 4, 2009
Project Zero: fire inspectors begin door-to-door campaign
Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart along with teams of fire inspectors - in uniform and carrying proper identification - will take to the streets in the city’s west end Tuesday to begin a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm inspection program.

Date: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Begins at 201 Westminster Ave.
Inspections will also be conducted on Geoffrey Street and Grenadier Road.

As a response to the many residential fire fatalities in Toronto this year, Toronto Fire Services launched Project Zero, the first program of its kind in the city. 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 equipped with fuel burning appliances
- homeowners are provided with the necessary information to help keep their homes and families safe by having and practicing a home escape plan.

In Ontario, it is the law that every dwelling unit must have a properly maintained smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas. As a part of Project Zero, homeowners who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation and must comply within seven days.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

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



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