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June 5, 2009
Toronto’s firefighters want you ‘alarmed for life’
Tomorrow, June 6, Toronto residents can expect to see members of City of Toronto Fire Services out in the community bringing vital fire safety information right to people's doors.

The annual door-to-door Alarmed for Life campaign - strictly an information campaign - is directed at residents who live in single-family dwellings, semi-detached houses and townhouses. Its aim is to help ensure that residents are aware of their responsibilities under the Ontario Fire Code.

In effect since March 1, 2006, this provision of 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.

Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart said statistics show that people who are protected by working smoke alarms and a home escape plan have a much better chance escaping from a house fire. “It is heartbreaking to see families destroyed by fire,” he said. “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 begins on June 6 and fire crews will conduct the program on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of September, delivering a multilingual package of information directly to residents’ doorsteps. At the same time, residents can speak with firefighters about any concerns or questions.

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. 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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