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October 2, 2009
Message of Fire Prevention Week 2009: ‘Stay fire smart! Don’t get burned’
  
What originally began as a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 has evolved into an annual, week-long celebration of fire safety education in Toronto. Fire raged through Chicago on October 9, 1871, killing more than 250 people. Last year, 17 people died in Toronto fires.

Toronto’s Fire Prevention Week 2009, which begins October 4, will feature family-oriented events throughout the city to help educate community members about fire and safety.

Fire safety education must begin in the home. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme emphasizes that with the message: Stay fire smart! Don’t get burned.

Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart reminds the public about the devastating effects fire can have on your home, your community and your family: “The tragedy of fire is very far reaching. The injuries sustained from burns continue past the point of healing, perhaps for the rest of one’s life. Educate yourself to stay safe in your home - keep children far away from hot stoves, avoid scalds by testing hot bathwater first, and never cook while holding a child in your arms.”

On Sunday, October 4, Fire Services will conduct an open house at the Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scouts Canada will perform fire safety campfire songs during the opening ceremonies and the Navy League of Canada will demonstrate safety messages in semaphore. Families are welcome to join us for displays, a mini combat challenge event for children, fire safety videos, junior firefighter photos, live firefighting demonstrations, a fire truck display, an inflated fire truck, a barbecue and more.

The public is invited to attend outdoor educational events (each starting at 5:30 p.m.):
- Tuesday, October 6 - North Command Training Centre at 200 Bermondsey Rd.
- Wednesday, October 7 - East Command Training Centre at 243 Sheppard Ave. E.
- Thursday, October 8 - West Command Training Centre at 947 Martingrove Rd.

Also watch for Toronto Fire Service’s Fire Prevention Week displays at the Woodbine Centre and Fairview Mall from Monday to Saturday during the malls’ regular operational hours. Scouts, Girl Guides and Sea Cadets have been invited to attend these locations for fire safety education.

From October 4 to 10, students from junior kindergarten to Grade 3 in Toronto elementary schools will learn about home fire escape planning. Throughout October, students who take their plan home and practice it with their families will have an opportunity to win prizes for their class in a program sponsored by the Fire Marshals Public Fire Safety Council and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. Participation forms will be delivered by Toronto Fire Services to 601 elementary schools, or they can be downloaded at http://www.safeathome.ca/drill/.

More information about Fire Prevention Week is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/.

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 liveability for all its residents.


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Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



 

 

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