Public Education Matters
Enhancing Safety Education and Prevention in Your Community
Issue 113, September 22, 2015
TVOKids and the OFMEM want all families to
"Push 2 Buttons!"
Dear Fire Chief, Public Educator/Fire Prevention Officer:
TVOKids and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) are partnering once again to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. This year, Ontario families are being asked to test both the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes to make sure they are working.
This year’s fall campaign begins on October 5th and ends on October 18th.
A poster is available to help promote the campaign. Please distribute it as widely as possible in your community: send it to local media, hang the poster throughout your community, or drop it off at local schools and ask that it be displayed during the campaign. Consider asking school principals to make an announcement over the school PA system during morning and afternoon announcements. A script for use in schools is available as well as sample tweets to promote the campaign.
To access the Push 2 Buttons campaign promotional materials: Go to www.ofmsps.ca/PEP. When prompted, enter "PEP" as the user name and "PEP001" as the password. Click on “documents” on the left hand side. Locate the 2015 Push 2 Buttons folder and right click on the files you want to download and click on "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer.
Encourage everyone in your community to “Push 2 Buttons!” and test the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes. Kids at home will love the permission to test the alarms to see if they are working. Adults, whether homeowners or renters, will have peace of mind knowing that they and their families have early warning when they hear the sound.
Kids are encouraged to go to tvokids.comfrom October 5-18th and enter the number of alarms they have tested. The number will be added to the TVOKids “Push 2 Buttons!” counter. Kids will also be able to print a special certificate.
For some added fun, TVOKids.com has a great online and interactive fire safety game for children 11 and under. Hot Spot or Not encourages players to identify fire safety hazards in a house or apartment, room by room.