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November 14, 2005
Media Advisory - 'Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety for Children' -- paramedics and manufacturers team up for injury prevention campaign
  
Every year, many children across the country suffer fatal or critical injuries
after falling from windows or balconies. Canada's paramedics are joining forces
with window and door manufacturers to launch a new public awareness campaign
aimed at preventing these unnecessary tragedies. The 'Partners Promoting Window
and Balcony Safety for Children' program involves paramedics teaching children,
parents and caregivers across Canada about safe window and balcony practices.

During the opening ceremonies of Win-door North America 2005, the Canadian
Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) will present six window and
balcony safety demonstration units to Bruce Farr, Chief of Toronto EMS and
Anthony Di Monte, Chief of Ottawa EMS, representing the EMS Chiefs of Canada
(EMSCC).

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., North Building

The CWDMA is donating demonstration units containing windows and balcony doors
with safety features to six Canadian EMS operators to support this injury
prevention initiative. The campaign will be delivered by paramedics in Calgary,
Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver in partnership with SMARTRISK,
a national charitable organization dedicated to injury prevention for children.

Paramedics from Toronto and Ottawa will show how the new demonstration wall
will be used to reinforce window and balcony safety messages. Paramedics will
be available to conduct media interviews and demonstrations in English and
French.

Win-door North America 2005, the annual trade show of the CWDMA, runs from
November 15-17 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


Media contacts:

Dean Shaddock
Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program
416-370-9866 (pager)

Larry Roberts
Toronto EMS Media Relations
416-392-2255



 

 

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