Pickering Fire Services Urges Residents to Check Smoke Alarms After No Alarms Found in Recent Fatal Fire
Pickering, ON, February 27, 2017 – The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management revealed that no smoke alarms were present in the fatal fire on February 14th in Brampton.
Pickering Fire Services is urging the public to make sure that all homes have working smoke alarms on every storey, and outside all sleeping areas, and that all households actively practice a home fire escape plan.
“Early detection and warning from a smoke alarm, and knowing what to do to escape a fire, are both equally important and crucial to your survival,” said Fire Chief John Hagg.
Pickering Fire Services also recommends residents install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. “Larger homes may even require additional smoke alarms for added safety. It’s against the law for anyone to remove the batteries or tamper with an alarm in any way,” said Chief Hagg.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
- Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of the home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly and replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Home Fire Escape Plan:
- Everyone should know at least two ways out of each room.
- Determine what family member will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape. If someone in the home has a disability, take into account their unique needs when developing an escape plan with members of the household.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or lamp post.
- Call 911 from outside using a cell phone or neighbour’s home. Never re-enter a burning building.
- Practice the home fire escape plan.
Apartment Building Assistance:
- Make sure the superintendent or landlord is aware of those who need assistance, and that those identified are added to the ‘persons who require assistance’ list in the fire safety plan.
- Read and understand the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.
Responsibilities of the Landlord:
- Ensure all rental properties have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in compliance with the law.
Responsibility of the Tenant:
- If the rental property does not have the required number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, contact the landlord immediately.
For more information regarding fire safety and prevention, visit pickering.ca/fire.
As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.
For more information, contact:
Fire Inspector | Fire Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 8517 | 1.866.683.2760