Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Services launches vital civic smoke alarm program

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart will launch the
Toronto Fire Services' annual smoke alarm program, called "Alarmed for Life"
on Saturday. This is a proactive, community-based smoke alarm education
program designed to provide fire and life safety information to the public.
    Chief Stewart will demonstrate to the media how the program will work by
visiting a Toronto homeowner, and discussing residential smoke alarm
requirements. Media will have an opportunity to participate in a short
ride-along interview with the Fire Chief in the community.

    Date:       Saturday, June 16
    Location:   20 Totteridge Rd., Etobicoke
    Time:       10 a.m.

    The "Alarmed for Life" program operates from Saturday, June 16 to
September 23. Toronto Fire Fighters are available to visit single family
residences, town houses, and semi detached homes on weekends to provide
homeowners with vital information on how to protect their loved ones from harm
through the diligent use of working smoke alarms. Firefighters will distribute
the Toronto "Alarmed for Life" brochure, which is now available in 11
different languages in addition to English.
    Effective since March 1, 2006 it is law in Ontario homes to have a
working smoke alarm installed on every storey within the home and outside all
sleeping areas, whether owner occupied or rented.
    Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could
result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or
$100,000 for corporations.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media
Line, (416) 338-0763

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