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November 2, 2004
Paramedics promoting window and balcony safety in Toronto
  
Too many young children have been killed or injured falling from windows or
balconies in Toronto in recent years. To try and prevent these unnecessary
tragedies, paramedics in the Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program are
developing a public education campaign aimed at young children and their
parents and caregivers. A new portable demonstration wall being donated to
Toronto EMS tonight will help paramedics reinforce their safety messages.

During tonight's opening ceremonies of Win-door North America 2004, Toronto EMS
Chief Bruce Farr and Olivia Chow, Councillor, Ward 20 Trinity Spadina, will
accept a new window and balcony safety demonstration wall that has been donated
to Toronto EMS for use in injury prevention education programs.

The demonstration wall was built by two companies, North American Profiles
Group and All Weather Windows, who are donating the wall in support of the
window and door industry's commitment to safety. The companies will make the
presentation at 6 p.m. this evening in the South Building of the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre.

The demonstration wall contains a full-size window, with a number of different
window styles, and a scaled-down balcony. The windows are equipped with proper
safety devices and will be a powerful visual aid for Toronto EMS paramedics
presenting the Window and Balcony Fall Prevention Program for Children at
apartment and condominium complexes, schools and malls across Toronto.

"The deaths and injuries suffered by children falling through windows or off
balconies are especially tragic because they are so preventable," said
Councillor Olivia Chow. "This new wall will be a valuable educational tool for
paramedics as they teach parents, caregivers and children how to act safely
around windows and balconies."

Paramedics will simulate the horrors of a balcony fall during a live scenario
that shows how their emergency medical care saves lives and how proper window
and balcony safety practices can prevent such tragedies.

"Keep your children safe. Teach them about window and balcony safety. Install
and use window safety devices and keep balconies clear," said Toronto EMS Chief
Bruce Farr. "We are very grateful for the generous donation of the
demonstration wall. It shows how committed the window and door manufacturing
industry is to the safe use of their products. The wall will be an extremely
effective tool for our Community Medicine paramedics as they spread our injury
prevention messages to the public."

Win-door North America 2004 is the 10th annual trade show of the Canadian
Window and Door Manufacturers Association. It runs from November 2 - 4 at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre. See http://www.windoorshow.com for more
details.

The City of Toronto requires that mechanical safety devices be installed on all
apartment windows two metres above the ground. For more details on City of
Toronto window safety licensing and standards, see:
http://www.toronto.ca/your_health/window.htm.

To request a presentation on window and balcony safety for children, please
email the Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program at ems-cmp@toronto.ca. or call
Dean Shaddock at 416-338-0473.

Media contacts:
Dean Shaddock, Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program,
416-338-0473
Larry Roberts, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255
Olivia Chow, Councillor, Ward 20 Trinity Spadina, 416-392-4044



 

 

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