John and Patty Mock of Harriston to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - John and Patty Mock of Harriston will receive a
Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a
ceremony on June 3, 2009 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize
outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    As owners of the Home Hardware in the Town of Harriston and parents of
two sons, the Mocks are heavily involved in the community and the local
business association. Last year, John Mock approached the Fire Chief at Minto
Fire Department and spoke to him about his frustration with community
residents who had told him that they did not have smoke alarms in their homes.
Mock suggested enhancements to the department's existing smoke alarm program
including that residents who come into Home Hardware stores in the area
receive a free smoke alarm after completing an information form, which is
logged into the fire department system. Mock also suggested residents who come
into the store be given a discount on smoke alarms they need in order to
comply with the Ontario Fire Code requirement of having working smoke alarms
on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas. To date, almost 400
smoke alarms have been distributed.
    "This partnership has raised the awareness of how important working smoke
alarms are," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "By increasing the number of
smoke alarms in homes, the Mocks have made their community a safer place from
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 20 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci and
Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the
Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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