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December 29, 2004
Fire, Police and EMS Holiday Alcohol Safety Display
Toronto Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services are hosting a news
conference with an auto-extrication display and needs your to help get this
anti-drinking and driving safety messages out.

Toronto Fire Fighters from Rescue Squad 331 will show how they extricate people
out of a car wreck and Paramedics from Emergency Medical Services will package
an accident victim to transport to a hospital.

Date: Thursday, December 30
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

During New Year's Eve celebrations, cooking, smoking and driving while under
the influence of alcohol can be deadly. Watch drinkers and make sure they take
a taxi or have a sober designated driver. Properly extinguish cigarettes and
turn the stove off before going to bed.

Unfortunately, the number of fires, accidents and fire deaths rise sharply
during the holiday season. Gatherings of family and friends can mean an
increase in cooking activity, which is the leading cause of home fires. Alcohol
consumption also increases this time of year and is cited as a contributing
factor in many of Toronto's fire and vehicular deaths. Add candles, holiday
decorations and heating equipment to the mix and the potential for disaster is

They will also remind you that space heaters need space, never leave candles
unattended and only smoke outside.

The holidays are a wonderful time for family, friends, sharing and caring.
However, it is also a time when many tragic and avoidable accidents can ruin

The men and women of the Toronto Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services
wish everyone a very safe and Happy New Year!

For information about holiday fire safety, visit:

Media contacts:
Captain Michael Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
pager 416-334-5223

Constable Julie Mahoney
Toronto Police Service

Larry Roberts
Toronto Emergency Medical Services



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