Over 415,000 People Take Part in World's Largest School Fire Drill

    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Approximately 415,300 principals, teachers,
students, custodians and volunteers from 987 schools across Ontario took part
in the World's Largest School Fire Drill yesterday. Organized by the Fire
Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC), in partnership with the Ontario
Association of Fire Chiefs and the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers
Association, it was the third annual province-wide fire drill to raise public
awareness of fire safety.
    "A large number of Ontario schools participated in this fire drill to
make it the world's largest school fire drill to occur on a single day," said
Patrick Burke, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal's Public
Fire Safety Council, which organized the event. "Participation in this event
helps to educate students about fire safety practices. It is also a good way
to educate people about how to prevent fire and ensure they are prepared
should a fire occur in their home."
    Each year, the FMPFSC challenges principals in the province to conduct
one of their school's provincially mandated fire drills on one day during Fire
Prevention Week. This year's theme was "Practice Your Escape Plan."
    In addition to practicing their school fire drill, students were
encouraged to take home fire safety information to share with their families.
That information included:

    -  Installing a working smoke alarm on every storey of the home and
       outside all sleeping areas; and
    -  Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan so that every member
       of the household knows what to do in the event of a fire.

    For more information about the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council,
visit www.firesafetycouncil.com.

For further information:

For further information: For province-wide information regarding the
event, contact: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal: (416) 325-3138.

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