Replace smoke alarms every 10 years says Fire Marshal

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TORONTO – The government of  Ontario and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) are urging Ontarians to replace smoke alarms in their homes every 10 years. as part of the Fire Prevention Week 2016.

David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said: “Our province’s firefighters and fire services work hard to keep us safe throughout the year, and also play a significant role in helping raise awareness about the importance of regular smoke alarm maintenance. Fire Prevention Week reminds us about the importance of taking steps to reduce the risk of fire in our homes and keep our families safe.”

Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, said: “Smoke alarms don’t last forever. The fire service recommends homeowners and landlords replace the smoke alarms in their homes in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Smoke alarms that were installed with the change to the Ontario Fire Code in 2006 may be due for replacement. Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home. Don’t wait, check the date today.”

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The Ontario Fire Code requires all Ontario homeowners to install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.

The following fire prevention measures can help keep you and your family safe:

  • Replace smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s date, usually found on the back of the alarm
  • Test alarms monthly
  • Change the batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year
  • Reach out to neighbours, friends and relatives who may need assistance with maintaining and testing their smoke alarms.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 9 to 15.

  • In 35 per cent of fatal home fires over the last five years, there was no smoke alarm warning. In 13 per cent of those fires, there were no smoke alarms at all.
  • On average, 36 injuries and six fatalities from home fires occur in October each year.
  • Top ignition sources for the month of October include cooking, heating equipment and electrical distribution equipment (i.e., wiring). – CINEWS
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