Lambton Seniors' Association to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - The Lambton Seniors' Association of Point Edward
will receive a Fire Safety Partner Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a
ceremony on June 25, 2008 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize
outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    The Lambton Seniors' Association is comprised of small, non-profit
organizations and groups that offer social, recreational and supportive
programs and services to people 55 years and older that are retired or have
    In 1996, the Lambton Seniors' Association developed a program that offers
the services of a handyman/handywoman who will visit a senior's home and check
for any safety hazards. The handyman/handywoman will provide advice on major
repairs, perform carpentry, install safety equipment such as grab bars and
access ramps and will also test smoke alarms and replace the batteries.
    Through the handyman/handywoman program, over 1,430 visits have been made
to the homes of seniors in Lambton County. In each of these homes, the smoke
alarms have been checked and batteries tested and replaced if necessary.
    "The services offered by the Lambton Seniors Association
handyman/handywoman program provides seniors with peace of mind that their
smoke alarms are working," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke. "It can be
especially challenging and dangerous for seniors to test their smoke alarms
because they are often too high to reach."

    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 17 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: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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