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October 28, 2004
This weekend, "Change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries"
If a fire occurred in your home, would your smoke alarms work? Don't wait for a
fire to find out.

This weekend, Toronto Fire Services is reminding Toronto residents that when
they change their clocks, they should change the battery in their smoke alarms,
and test their alarms by pressing the test button. If people have difficulty
reaching their alarms, they can use a broom handle, hockey stick or a cane to
gently press the test button for a few seconds.

Toronto Fire Services Chief Bill Stewart said, "Most tragic home fires happen
when people are asleep. Smoke alarms will alert you and your family and give
you the precious seconds you need to escape. The majority of fire deaths occur
in homes that don't have working smoke alarms. By installing and maintaining
smoke alarms you are cutting the risk of perishing in a home fire by 50 per

"Protect your family by changing your smoke alarms batteries at least once a
year" Chief Stewart said.

Smoke alarms are inexpensive, easy to install and should be tested at least
once every month. In addition, gently vacuuming them can remove dust or debris
that can activate false alarms and/or prevent your alarm from detecting smoke.

Every home needs a home escape plan and everyone needs to regularly practice
the escape plan so that all family members, especially children, know two ways
out, Chief Stewart said.

For more information visit the Toronto Fire Services Web site at:

Media contacts:
Captain David Sheen, 416-338-9317,
pager, 416-468-9978, cell 416-578-4316
District Chief David Craig, 416-338-9353



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