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It's Fire Prevention Week - Hear the Beep where you Sleep!

Posted on Tuesday October 06, 2015

It's Fire Prevention Week and Pickering Fire Services is encouraging everyone to "hear the beep where you sleep," and install a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

"Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival," says Fire Chief John Hagg. "The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom."

Pickering Fire Services recommends installing interconnected wireless smoke alarms to ensure that that all alarms in the home are triggered when the closest one to the fire senses the smoke.

Smoke alarms are required to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, which is typically ten years. All units should be replaced at the same time when replacing interconnected smoke alarms, and if a single malfunctioning alarm needs to be replaced, make sure the new alarm is compatible with the existing units.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit pickering.ca/GetRealDurham or visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management at ontario.ca/firemarshal.

Media Contact:
Julie Ineson
Fire Inspector l Fire Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 8517
1.866.683.2760 | TTY 905.420.1739