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It’s Fire Prevention Week - Don’t Wait, Check the Date!

Posted on Tuesday October 11, 2016

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, and Pickering Fire Services wants you to take the Don’t Wait, Check the Date!”selfie challenge.

“Smoke alarms don’t last forever,” said Fire Chief John Hagg. “We’re challenging Pickering residents to take a selfie of their family checking the expiry date of their smoke alarms, and post it on social media to raise awareness and encourage others to do the same.”

Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, which is usually 10 years. The date of manufacture can be found on the back of the smoke alarm, and residents should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the expiry time frame.

Pickering Fire Services also reminds residents that smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Test all smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.

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


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.

Media Contact:
Julie Ineson
Fire Inspector l Fire Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 8517