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Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Takes Fire Prevention to Erin Mills Town Centre

Oct 03, 2008

Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Public Education Unit features fire safety from October 6 to 10 at Erin Mills Town Centre at its 'Prevent Home Fires' display.

What:
Fire Prevention Week
A Fire Services Public Education Officer will be on hand to answer questions and distribute fire safety information about smoke alarms, candle safety and escape plans, including a pamphlet called Protect Yourself from Fire, specially designed to educate residents about home fire safety.

Children are encouraged to enter the Junior Fire Chief contest which is open to Mississauga residents aged 7 to 12 years. Prizes include a ride to and from school on a fire truck, an MP3 player and more. The winner will be selected on October16, 2008.

When:
Monday, October 6 to Friday, October 10, 2008
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:
Erin Mills Town Centre
5100 Erin Mills Parkway
Mississauga, Ontario
Information display located on upper level, centre court

History:
Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871, which took 250 lives and destroyed 17,430 buildings across 2000 acres in 27 hours. The concept of fire prevention emerged from this disaster in both Canada and the United States, and both countries share a common date at all levels of government to honour Fire Prevention Week. In Canada, the first national Fire Prevention Day proclamation was issued by the Governor General in 1919 and the first Canadian Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed in 1923.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week and programs, contact Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Public Education Unit at 905-615-4377.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Media Contact:
Laurel Schut
Manager, Corporate Communications (A)
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5832
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   laurel.schut@mississauga.ca


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