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Kawartha Lakes Fire Service reminds residents of the importance of fire safety

Smoke alarms – it’s the law

Working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level (including the basement), and outside each sleeping area. If a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced. It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.

Testing your smoke alarm regularly will help to ensure that your family is kept safe from smoke and fire. Replace your batteries at least once per year. Smoke alarms connected to an electrical power source may also have batteries as back-up power that need to be replaced and checked.

Carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and toxic gas and is often referred to as the “silent killer”.

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of incomplete combustion of fuels such as natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline or wood. Automobiles left running in garages, gas barbecues operated inside the house, grills or kerosene heaters that are not properly vented, or chimneys or vents that are dirty or plugged may create unsafe levels of CO.

Proper placement of a CO alarm is important. In general, the human body is most vulnerable to the effects of CO during sleeping hours, so an alarm should be located in or as near as possible to the sleeping area of the home. If only one alarm is being installed, it should be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Where sleeping areas are located in separate parts of the home, an alarm should be provided for each area.

Home escape planning

If a fire was to occur in your home tonight you may have less than 60 seconds to escape to safety.

The main goals of a home escape plan are as follows:

  • Make sure that everyone in your house can clearly hear the smoke alarms from their bedrooms. Will it wake you during the night?
  • Know 2 ways out of every area in your home. Make sure that these exits from your home are kept clear of clutter, snow and ice. For example, if one of your escape routes is a window or sliding door, does it freeze shut in the winter months?
  • Have a "designated meeting area" where all members of your household can safely meet outside in the event of a fire.
  • Go over your procedure for calling 9-1-1 in the event of a fire from outside of your home. Cell phones are usually the first thought but chances are, you won't have the "seconds" during escape to grab one. Pre planning this situation with a neighbor could be a good option depending on the distance between houses in your neighborhood. If you would be required to drive somewhere to call 9-1-1 make sure you have a spare set of vehicle keys outside of your home.

Visit the City of Kawartha Lakes website for more fire safety information http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/emergency-services/fire.

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For more information contact:

Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue
705-324-5731 extension 545
fireprevention@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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