Fire Prevention Canada Launches Fire Prevention Week

    OTTAWA, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Fire Prevention Canada (FIPRECAN), the
national voice of fire safety and education, today officially launched Fire
Prevention Week at the Canadian War Museum in the Nation's Capital. This
year's theme of the event, running from October 5th to 11th, is It's Fire
Prevention Week - Prevent Home Fires(C). Schoolchildren and dignitaries heard
a fire survivor's compelling story and the results of a recent RBC Insurance
survey on the fire prevention habits of Canadians and their state of
preparedness in the event of a fire.
    Special guest speaker was Michael Gaultois, a stark reminder of why all
Canadians must be mindful of the simple life-saving measures they should
institute in their homes to prevent fire. Michael's life was forever changed
by the misuse of a candle, which caused the home he was visiting as a child to
ignite into flames. The fire burned 85% of his body. Michael told his audience
it is vital that Canadians make fire prevention a part of their daily lives.
    "A serious burn injury not only scars the person physically, but often
leaves a trail of emotional scars that also greatly impacts families and
communities. I am sharing my story today in the hope that it will serve to
motivate others to take fire prevention seriously, because what happened to me
was completely avoidable," stressed Michael.
    RBC Insurance presented Fire Prevention Canada with a $15,000 donation to
further FIPRECAN's mission of increasing awareness of fire prevention and
safety across Canada.
    "We're pleased to assist Fire Prevention Canada in getting the message
out to Canadians about fire safety," said Francois Boulanger, President and
CEO of RBC General Insurance Company. "A recent survey we conducted with Ipsos
Reid revealed that while Canadians are well aware of certain fire safety
precautions, they need to become more prudent in practising and implementing
    The President of Fire Prevention Canada, David Hodgins, and the President
of the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners, Eugene
Marotta, also spoke to this year's theme, and highlighted Operation En Garde,
a new Fire Prevention Canada program to help prevent residential fires
    "Most residential fires are caused by human carelessness that is both
predictable and preventable. That is why programs such as Operation En Garde
are so important. If Canadians are made knowledgeable about fire prevention
and safety, lives will be saved. There needs to be an on-going effort to
change the mind set of people as this literally will make the difference
between life and death," emphasized Mr. Hodgins.
    Children's entertainer, Mary Lambert, performed her award-winning fire
prevention education show entitled "Sing Out Fire Safety". The presentation is
designed to educate children on fire prevention measures to institute in their
homes, including a fire escape plan.
    "Fire kills, on average, eight Canadians every week. This statistic is
unacceptable. That is why it is critical to incite Canadians to act on making
their homes and communities fire-safe. Let us all make this Fire Prevention
Week the start of an on-going concerted effort to save lives," remarked Eugene

    Fire Prevention Canada (FIPRECAN) profile

    Fire Prevention Canada's mission is to increase the awareness of fire
prevention and safety through direct education of the public. The
organization's goal is to reduce the number of mostly preventable residential
fires across this country, many of which are fatal. The Council of Canadian
Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners is a member of Fire Prevention Canada and
helps manage its affairs. FIPRECAN's Board of Directors is comprised of
representatives from the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire
Commissioners, the fire service and the public sector. FIPRECAN also creates a
yearly Fire Prevention Week Kit and organizes events surrounding Fire
Prevention Week, which takes place this year from October 5th to October 11th.
Fire Prevention Canada is a registered charity which is proud of the patronage
of Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of
Canada. For more information, please visit us at
    Fire Prevention Canada would like to acknowledge and thank their
sponsors, who have helped make this event possible.

    Candle Impressions is a world leader in the manufacturing of high quality
Flameless Candles. Since 2003, the Company has used its innovative flameless
candle technology to create candles that look and feel just like regular
candles - made of real scented wax with a perfect glow and flicker - but
without the actual flame. Statistics show that each year, thousands of home
fires are caused by unattended candles. This is undoubtedly one of the major
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    RBC Insurance provides a wide range of, life, health, travel, home, auto,
business and reinsurance products, as well as creditor insurance services to
more than five million North American customers. Its fast growing home and
auto insurance business offers Canadians a comprehensive range of personal
home and auto insurance products through direct sales channels, including over
the phone, the Internet, retail insurance branches as well as through group
insurance plans. RBC Insurance also offers a premier claims service, available
24/7, to help clients when they need it most. For more information, please

    Levitt-Safety has grown over the past 70 years to become the largest
specialist supplier of safety equipment and services in Canada. In addition to
the distribution of products, the Company also offers a complete line of
Signature Services that support every aspect of the Health & Safety market as
a whole. Its dedicated focus on the health and safety of its customers and
their employees is reflected in the Company's mission - to continually add
value by partnering with customers to solve their fire, safety and
environmental challenges with quality products supported by excellent service
from motivated, knowledgeable people:

    Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) is a department of
the Government of Canada. HRSDC's mission is to build a stronger and more
competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live
productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians' quality of life.
HRSDC serves Canadians with a focus on accountability and results. Through
partnerships, it works with Canadians to find innovative ways to develop and
deliver the policies and programs they need:

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