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August 26, 2004
Arson prevention tips
  
Most arson fires are started outdoors. Don't make it easy for an arsonist to
start a fire or easy for an outdoor fire to spread to other buildings.

Here are some preventative tips for you to reduce malicious fires:

· Keep leaves, firewood, overgrown brush and shrubbery and other combustibles
away from buildings.

· Keep doors and windows locked in garages, cars and unoccupied buildings.
Board up abandoned buildings. Do not use double cylinder deadbolt locks without
keeping a key nearby, bars without quick release mechanisms, or other security
devices that could trap a person in a building involved in a fire.

· Store all flammable liquids such as paints, gasoline, thinners or lawnmowers
in an approved storage location such as locked metal cabinets, locked storage
units and locked garages (preventing access to children). Keep flammable
liquids away from heat sources such as furnaces and any type of heaters.

· Report suspicious activity near houses, garages, alleyways or other buildings
to the Toronto Police Service or Toronto Fire Services (9-1-1) and be a good
neighbour by keeping a watchful eye in your community.

· Keep matches and lighters out of reach and out of sight of children. If you
suspect a child is setting fires, notify the proper authorities.

· If you know or suspect that an arson crime has been committed, contact
Toronto Police Service or Toronto Fire Services
(9-1-1).

Media contact:
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319,
pager: 416-334-5223



 

 

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