TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - London Hydro will receive a Fire Safety
Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony
on June 19, 2014 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize
outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
London Hydro and the Ontario Power Authority jointly manage the Home
Assistance Program to help Ontario residents make their homes more
energy efficient and comfortable. The program focuses on assisting less
fortunate individuals and families in the community by providing free
and safer appliances and, in some cases, rewiring electrical services.
Two years ago, Hans Schreff, Manager of Conservation with London Hydro
contacted the London Fire Department to propose including a fire safety
assessment as part of the Home Assistance Program. The fire department
was happy to participate in this venture by training the assessors in
basic fire safety education, including installing and maintaining smoke
alarms. The fire department also provided smoke alarms and batteries,
as well as fire safety pamphlets and materials.
In 2013, London Hydro assessed 1,000 homes in the City. It was
discovered that more than 77 per cent of those homes were not
adequately protected by working smoke alarms. As a result, the Home
Assistance teams installed about 200 smoke alarms and 1,700 batteries.
"London's Home Assistance Program is an excellent example of two
customer-focused organizations joining forces to enhance safety and
quality of life in the community," said Ted Wieclawek, Chair, Fire
Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council.
The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully acknowledges
the support of its sponsors in this event: TD Bank Group, Toronto Blue
Jays, Union Gas Limited/ A Spectra Energy Company, Technical Standards
& Safety Authority - TSSA, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Proctor &
Gamble Inc., Electrical Safety Authority, CSA Group, The Co-operators
Group, Kidde Canada Inc., Roxul Inc. and The Home Depot.
SOURCE: Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, (416) 325-3138 firstname.lastname@example.org