Fire Prevention Week is here

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Fire Prevention Week is October 5 to 11 and this
year's theme "It's Fire Prevention Week - Prevent Home Fires," addresses the
leading causes of home fires in Ontario - cooking, heating equipment,
electrical equipment, cigarettes, candles and matches and lighters.
    "Almost all fires are preventable," said Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of
Ontario. "That's why every year during Fire Prevention Week, fire departments
across the province organize a variety of activities within their communities
to promote the many ways throughout the year that people can keep their
families safe from fire."
    A few important safety tips to remember to prevent a fire from occurring
in your home include:

    Safe Cooking
    -  Watch what you heat - Don't leave your cooking unattended. Always stay
    in the kitchen while you're cooking.

    Heating Safety
    -  Have your heating system inspected annually by a qualified technician.

    Electrical Safety
    -  Avoid overloading a circuit with "octopus outlets". If additional
    outlets or circuits are required, have them installed by a licensed

    Smoking Safety
    -  Encourage smokers to smoke outside. If people have been smoking in
    your home, check behind chair and sofa cushions for cigarette butts
    before going to bed.

    Matches and Lighters
    -  Keep all fire starting materials out of the sight and reach of

    Candle Safety
    -  Keep lit candles safely away from children and pets and blow out all
    candles before leaving the room. Remember, when you go out blow out!

    "If a fire does happen, people may have only seconds to safely escape,"
said Burke. "Smoke alarms can provide the early notification to safely get
out. Develop a home fire escape plan and practise it to make sure everyone can
get out quickly."
    It is the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home
and outside all sleeping areas.
    Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 in which
an estimated 300 people tragically perished and some 18,000 buildings were
    For more information about Fire Prevention Week 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: Marie Ainey, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3155; Bev
Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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