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Alarm Assistance Program

Is your home fire safe? We can help.

Join the Alarm Assistance Program to receive a free, on request home safety visit with firefighters from your neighbourhood fire station.

Who is this program for?

This program is offered to Kawartha Lakes residents over the age of 65 or residents with a disability that prevents them from maintaining their home's smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This program is for people with no support network or agencies available to assist.

Note: If you are a tenant your landlord / property manager is responsible for maintaining your alarms. Landlords are responsible for supplying and or replacing batteries, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide alarms where required. – Please contact your landlord or property manager for assistance.


How can I participate in the program

Contact us directly for more information and to see if you're eligible:
705-324-5731, extension 586 or email fireprevention@kawarthalakes.ca. 
You can also fill out our online form to be contacted.

Alarm Assistance Form

You may also be referred to the program by a family member, friend, care provider or emergency responder.

Note: Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue will not be keeping a contact list from year to year. If you wish to participate in the program you must call, email or fill out the forum each year.


What can I expect during the visit?

Once you have contacted us to book your appointment, our on-duty staff will arrive (in a fire truck or fire prevention marked vehicle) on the day of your scheduled visit and will:

  • Test your smoke alarms and CO alarms to make sure they are working and are installed in the proper locations of your home.
  • Replace batteries in smoke and CO alarms (including back-up batteries in hard-wired alarms.)
  • Install/replace battery-operated smoke alarms and CO alarms as needed.

*Most alarms (battery or hard-wired) expire after 10 years and must be replaced according to manufacturer's instructions. Carbon monoxide alarms expire within 5-10 years and must be replaced according to manufacturer's instructions.

Important: If you have hard-wired alarms in your home, the units must be installed and/or serviced by a licensed technician/electrician.

If located outside of Lindsay an on-duty Fire Prevention Inspector will attend your home.


Program participants will:

  • Voluntarily consent to be in the program
  • Receive important fire and life safety information from our friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • Provide replacement batteries and or new smoke/CO alarms for firefighters to install during the scheduled home visit. Reminder: If you have hard-wired alarms in your home, the units must be installed and/or serviced by a licensed technician/electrician.

For more information:

Call the Alarm Assistance Program Line at: 705-324-5731, extension 586

If there is an emergency and you require immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1.

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