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September 29, 2004
Toronto Fire Services tells residents: 'Test Your Smoke Alarms!' Fire Prevention Week is October 3 to 9
(revised location)

Toronto Fire Services in conjunction with the National Fire Protection
Association and all fire services across North America will be recognizing Fire
Prevention Week, October 3 to 9, with a variety of interactive public events
and activities.

This year's theme, Test Your Smoke Alarms!, is a lifesaving reminder for
residents to leave their home right away when their smoke alarm activates and
to stay out until firefighters say it is safe to go back inside. Families must
know what to do when the alarm sounds.

Open Houses: Fire Services will hold its annual open houses at four training
facilities located in different parts of the city:
Monday, October 4: 947 Martingrove Rd.
Tuesday, October 5: 4562 Sheppard Ave.
Wednesday, October 6: 895 Eastern Ave.
Thursday, October 7: 200 Bermondsey Ave.

All evening activities are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This exciting event
features live fire demonstrations and educational life safety exhibits.
Activities include a child-sized version of the Fire Fighters' Combat
Challenge, face painting, pictures with fire safety dog mascot Sparky, and the
opportunity to venture inside a fire safety trailer.

Throughout Fire Prevention Week, Toronto Fire Services will host informational
displays at Scotia Plaza, Scarborough Town Centre and Sherway Gardens Shopping
Centre. All fire stations will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to
distribute fire safety posters and to offer life safety advice. In addition,
fire crews will be conducting school fire drills and answering public

"Everyone should ensure that their homes have working smoke alarms on each
floor," says Fire Chief Bill Stewart. "In addition, I encourage families to
identify potential hazards in their homes and take corrective steps to prevent
fires from striking. Plan and practise your home escape. When fire strikes, get
out and stay out!"

For more fire safety tips, contact your nearest Fire Prevention or Public
Education office via the general number 416-338-9050 or visit the Web site at

Media contacts:
Captain David Sheen, 416-338-9317
District Chief David Craig, 416-338-9353



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