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November 1, 2004
Media Advisory: Toronto Paramedics to unveil new window and balcony safety demonstration wall
  
Four young children have died and seven have been critically injured as a
result of falls from windows or balconies in Toronto within the last three
years. The Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program has been developing a public
education campaign to teach safe practices to children, parents and caregivers
to prevent these unnecessary tragedies.

During the opening ceremonies of Win-door North America 2004, a window and
balcony safety demonstration wall will be presented to Bruce Farr, Chief of
Toronto EMS and Olivia Chow, Councillor, Ward 20 - Trinity Spadina and Chair of
the City's Community Services Committee.

Two companies, North American Profiles Group and All Weather Windows,
constructed and donated the demonstration wall, which contains a full-size
window and scaled-down balcony.
Paramedics will enact a live scenario showing how their emergency medical care
saves lives and how the new demonstration wall will reinforce window and
balcony safety messages.

Date: Tuesday, November 2
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Win-door North America 2004
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.

The demonstration wall will be used as an educational tool by the Toronto EMS
Community Medicine Program to promote its Window and Balcony Fall Prevention
Program for Children at apartment complexes, schools and malls across Toronto.

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

Media contacts:
Dean Shaddock, Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program,
416-370-9866 pager
Larry Roberts, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255
Olivia Chow, Councillor, Ward 20 - Trinity Spadina,
416-392-4044 office; 416-567-4036 cell



 

 

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