Official Launch of Fire Prevention Week 2004

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TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2004 – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) wants Canadians to use the extra hour they’ll have when the time changes this weekend to think about home safety.

“When you wake up Sunday morning, you’ll have an extra hour, so why not take some of that time to make sure your family is protected? When you reset the clocks in your home, take the time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time,” says Mary Lou O’Reilly, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing, IBC.

O’Reilly says the extra time can also be used to check that flashlights and fire extinguishers are in working order, to move fire hazards like candles and heaters out of harm’s way, and to go over emergency procedures with your family. “It’s amazing how little time it takes to make sure your family is safe from fire, and it’s even more amazing how much time this will save you when it counts,” she notes.

“You won’t have much time if fire occurs, so take some time now,” urges O’Reilly. “We change our clocks twice a year, so that can serve as a reminder. When you change the time, take some time to protect yourself and your family.”

For more tips on how to reduce the threat of fire in your home, visit Insurance Bureau of Canada’s web site at www.ibc.ca.

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents more than 90% of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada.