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October 1, 2004
Toronto Fire Services Launches Fire Prevention Week 2004
Toronto Fire Services will launch Fire Prevention Week 2004 with a special
program aimed at kids.

On Monday, October 4, beginning at 10 a.m., Toronto Fire Services will
officially launch the week in the North York Civic Centre Council Chamber, 5100
Yonge St. This year's theme, "Test Your Smoke Alarms!", is a lifesaving
reminder to residents to check home smoke alarms before a fire occurs. Fire
Prevention Week is also an opportunity to remind Torontonians that, if a smoke
alarm activates, they should go outside right away and stay outside until fire
fighters say it is safe to go back inside.

The launch event will feature Mayor David Miller (or a representative), Deputy
Minister of Public Safety Michael Fenn (or a representative), Fire Chief Bill
Stewart, Bev Gilbert from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, Toronto
District School Board representatives and elementary school students from
O'Connor Public School.

At 10:30 a.m., following the opening ceremonies, the students and their
teachers will converge on Mel Lastman Square for a full day of fun and learning
about Risk Watch. Risk Watch is the injury prevention curriculum recently
adopted by the Toronto District School Board for children from kindergarten to
grade 4. During the course of the day, the children will visit different
stations representing the eight Risk Watch categories:
* choking, suffocation and strangulation prevention
* motor vehicle safety
* fire and burn prevention
* falls prevention
* firearms injury prevention
* bike and pedestrian safety
* water safety
* poisoning prevention

Media are invited to attend the launch event in the Council Chambers, followed
by Risk Watch Day in Mel Lastman Square.

Media contacts:
David Sheen. Toronto Fire Services, Office: 416-338-9317;
Pager: 416-468-9978
Linda Adam, Toronto Fire Services, Office: 416-338-9186



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