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June 29, 2005
Media Advisory: Toronto Fire and Toronto Police urge citizens to have a safe holiday long-weekend
  
Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart and Toronto Police Service Acting Deputy
Chief Gary Grant will brief the media regarding consumer fireworks safety
information in preparation for the upcoming long weekend.

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Toronto Police Headquarters, Media Gallery
40 College St.

Every year, thousands of Canadians, mostly children, are hurt by consumer
fireworks such as sparklers and firecrackers. Many are burned, scarred or
disfigured by fireworks that are legal, but still very dangerous. Fireworks
also cause many fires, often resulting in tragic consequences.

In 2003, five out of six (84 per cent) fireworks injuries seen in emergency
rooms were caused by fireworks that regulations permit consumers to use. The
risk of fire death or injury relative to exposure shows fireworks as the most
risky consumer product.

“Our experiences and the images in the media on the Victoria Day long weekend
were quite startling,” said Fire Chief Stewart, “It appears that many do not
realize the very real danger and the grave consequences of fireworks misuse –
both to themselves and others.” Chief Stewart reiterated that, “fireworks
should only be purchased and lit by responsible adults over 18 and then only
under very safe conditions.”

“Fireworks have been used as weapons by some who are intent on causing mischief
and harm to others,” said Acting Deputy Chief Grant. “The Toronto Police
Service would like to see everyone have a safe and enjoyable long weekend and
fireworks can add to that enjoyment when they are used properly.”

For more information about fireworks safety visit
http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/fireworks_safety.htm

Media contacts:
David Sheen, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9317 (office),
416-468-9978 (pager), 416-578-4316 (cell)
Meaghan Gray, Toronto Police Service, Corporate Communications,
416-808-7095



 

 

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