The Toronto Fire Services officially launched Ontario’s 4th annual “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign today with its largest-ever public assembly of fire inspectors at the Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto. The 101 Fire Inspectors joined Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Yasir Naqvi (right), Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales and Ontario Fire Marshal Ross Nichols to kick off the province-wide program by giving away 1,010 gift bags containing Kidde smoke alarms and other holiday education and safety items.
The safety entourage, which included Sparky the Fire Dog®, fanned out in the mall with gift bags. “This is a very special time of year when families and friends come together to celebrate the holiday season,” Minister Yasir Naqvi said. “The 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety outlines some easy steps we can all take to ensure a festive, joyful, and safe holiday season.”
“We believe having such a large group of uniformed officers in one place sends a strong message on the need for extra vigilance over the holidays,” said Ross Nichols, Ontario’s Fire Marshal. “Holiday festivities can quickly turn tragic due to things like unattended cooking, careless smoking, faulty decorative lighting, the increased use of heating equipment, and smoke or CO alarms that have expired or have been tampered with,” he adds.
Forty-three other local fire departments are participating as well. Fire departments will work with their local media to announce a fire safety tip every day for 12 days leading up to Christmas. Listeners can phone in at a designated time. The first ones with the correct message of the day will win one of the gift bags as well. The campaign is expected to provide outreach to hundreds of thousands of Ontario residents.