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December 9, 2004
Holiday fire safety
Toronto Fire Services Deputy Chief Rick Simpson welcomes representatives of the
Office of the Fire Marshal and fire chiefs from the greater Toronto area to
launch a campaign to prevent home fires during the holiday season. The launch
will include releasing new public service announcements.

Date: Friday, December 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Toronto Harbourfront Fire Station #334
339 Queens Quay W.
(East of Spadina Avenue, directly south of SkyDome)

The holiday season is the most dangerous time of year for home fires. Between
November 1, 2003 and January 31, 2004, 41 people died in Ontario fires. Cooking
fires are a leading cause of preventable residential fires in Toronto. During
the past four years, there were 1524 cooking-related fires in Toronto. Kitchen
fires account for about 10 per cent of all fires in the city of Toronto. Many
cooking fires occur when an adult leaves cooking unattended while under the
influence of alcohol.

"The fire services cannot police what people do in their own home, but we are
determined to educate the citizens of Toronto. It is imperative you do not put
you and your family at risk," said Deputy Simpson.

The winter holidays are a time of celebration, and that means more cooking,
home decorating, entertaining visitors, and an increased risk of fire due to
candles, alcohol consumption and heating appliances.

"Do not to become one of our grim statistics. Be responsible and enjoy a safe
and pleasant holiday season," said Deputy Simpson.

For information about kitchen fire safety, visit:
www.toronto.c a/fire/prevention/too_hot_to_handle.htm

Media contacts:
District Chief David Craig, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9353, pager
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319, pager



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