Fire Prevention Week is here

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Fire Prevention Week is October 7 to 13 and this
year's theme is "Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan." Designed to reduce the
number of injuries and fatalities from fires, this year's theme will educate
Ontarians about the importance of home fire escape plans.
    "In most home fires, there is less than a minute for occupants to
escape," said Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of Ontario. "This is why working smoke
alarms and a home fire escape plan are essential toward ensuring everyone gets
out safely."
    It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on
every storey and outside all sleeping areas.

    When Ontarians develop their home fire escape plans, they should:

    -   Make a floor plan and review two possible exits from each room;
    -   Determine which occupants might need help escaping; and,
    -   Practice the home fire escape plan with all occupants in the home.

    An annual public education event, Fire Prevention Week enables fire
departments across the province to organize a variety of educational fire
safety activities within their communities. It also commemorates the Great
Chicago Fire of 1871 in which an estimated 300 people tragically perished and
some 18,000 buildings were destroyed. For more information about activities in
your area, contact your local fire department.

For further information:

For further information: Or to request an interview with the Fire
Marshal, contact: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3138;
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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