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May 13, 2005
Toronto Fire Services’ arson prevention tips
Late yesterday afternoon, Pumper 421, from the Fire Station at 6 Lambton Ave.,
extinguished a grass fire along railway tracks northeast of Rogers and Weston
Rds. The fire was determined to be deliberately set. Toronto Fire Services is
concerned because fire has significant potential to harm life, property and the

"Most arson fires are started outdoors," said Fire Chief Bill Stewart, "Don't
make it easy for an arsonist to start a fire or easy for an outdoor fire to
spread to buildings."

Arson prevention tips for you to reduce malicious fires:

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

2. Keep doors and windows locked in garages, cars and unoccupied buildings.
Board up abandoned buildings. Do not use locks, or other security devices that
could trap a person in a building that was on fire.

3. Store all flammable liquids such as propane, paints, gasoline, solvents 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

4. To report a fire call 911.

5. In a non-emergency situation, when you know or suspect that an arson crime
has been committed, or to report suspicious activity near a house, garage,
alley, railway or other building, call the Toronto Police Service 416-808-2222
extension 0.

6. Keep matches and lighters out of reach and out of sight of children. If you
suspect a child is setting fires, notify the Toronto Arson Prevention Program
for Children 416-338-9390.

About 50 per cent of all arson fires are committed by youth. Fire setting is
often associated with serious behaviour disorders. Arson is a crime with the
highest juvenile involvement. For more information, visit www

Media contact:

Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
416-807-7140 cell
416-334-5223 pager



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