/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - The Holidays are Heating Up/

Office of the Fire Marshal and Toronto Fire Services offer tips to keep the public and their homes safe from fire this holiday season

TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ -

    What:  Traditionally, the holidays are the most dangerous time of year
           for fires and fire fatalities in Ontario. Cooking fires are the
           leading cause of home fires.

           The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) and Toronto Fire Services
           (TFS) are holding a news conference to show the many ways the
           public can prevent fire from occurring in their home during the
           holiday season. There will be live demonstrations on cooking and
           candle safety and the importance of working smoke alarms.

    Who:   The Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and
           Correctional Services
           Pat Burke, Ontario Fire Marshal
           William Stewart, Toronto Fire Chief

    When:  Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

    Where: Toronto Fire Station No.333
           207 Front Street East, Toronto
           (On Front Street, one block east of Sherbourne Street)

    Media  A home safety tour of a nearby house to identify potential fire
     Note: hazards in the home is available to the media immediately after
           the news conference or later in the day. If you would like to
           schedule a tour, please contact Gina Pontikas at the OFM
           gina.pontikas@ontario.ca or at 416-325-3155 for details in
           advance of the news conference.

SOURCE Office of the Fire Marshal - Media Relations

For further information: For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3155; Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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