TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Russell Lions Club will receive a Fire
Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a
ceremony on June 12, 2013 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards
recognize outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention
The Russell Lions Club is a long-time supporter of the Russell Fire
Department and its public education initiatives. For the past six
years, they have partnered with the fire department in its fire safety
checklist program, which strives to educate children and their families
about the importance of working smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms
and home fire escape planning.
Each spring, the fire department visits each classroom in the town's
three elementary schools to talk to the students about fire safety and
distribute the checklists. The children have approximately one week to
take the checklists home and complete them with their families. The
completed checklists are then entered into a ballot box in the school.
One name is drawn for each of the three schools and those lucky
students win a $275 store credit toward the purchase of a new bicycle.
About one-third of the checklists are completed and returned each year,
which equates to almost 400 families taking steps to improve fire
safety in their homes.
Over the past six years, the Russell Lions Club has provided a total of
$11,000 toward the Fire Safety Checklist program.
"The Russell Lions Club is helping to make Russell a safer community for
the future," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair, Fire
Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "Their generous support has
enabled the Russell Fire Department to continue this successful
initiative that helps to ensure children and their families are
learning the importance of home fire safety and that they are protected
by working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms."
The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully acknowledges
the support of its sponsors in this event: Technical Standards and
Safety Authority, The Co-operators Group, Kidde Canada Inc., Home Depot
of Canada Inc., Proctor & Gamble Inc., Electrical Safety Authority, CSA
Group, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Roxul Inc. and Underwriters'
Laboratories of Canada.
SOURCE: Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138