Ontario's Fire Chiefs to Stage Live Demonstration of a Residential Fire to Show How Sprinkler Systems Can Save Lives

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Stepping up its efforts to persuade the McGuinty
government to mandate sprinklers in all new homes in the province, the Ontario
Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) will be holding a news conference and a live
demonstration of a residential fire to show how sprinkler systems can save
    The demonstration will involve a simultaneous 'burn' of two residential
units - one room equipped with sprinklers, and the other without. Fire service
officials will present the facts about how sprinkler systems have been proven
effective in reducing deaths, injuries and property damage.

           When:           Thursday, January 17, 2008
                           2 p.m.

           Where:          Toronto Fire Academy
                           895 Eastern Avenue, Toronto

    During the average year in Ontario, almost 13,000 structure fires result
in 90 deaths, 800 injuries and $347 million in property damage. More than 70
per cent of these fires occur in residential structures.

    The OAFC represents the Chief Fire Officers from the 487 Fire Departments
across Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Dena Fehir, PR POST, (416) 777-0368; Sean
Pearce, Executive Officer, Toronto Fire Services, (416) 435-5950

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