CENTRE WELLINGTON – No one wants to imagine the havoc that a fire can make to their home or business in a matter of minutes. Centre Wellington Fire would like to remind residents, especially after the increase in the number of fires in the County to take a few simple precautions to prevent them.
Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep and three out of five home deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. "Our priority is to keep the public safe and informed" said Brad Patton, Fire Chief. "Working smoke and CO alarms are mandatory in all homes across Ontario and should be installed on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Not only should these alarms be inspected annually, everyone should know what to do in case a fire happens in your home".
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
- If your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage, you must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home.
- Ensure all fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually.
- Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
- Never use a portable fuel-burning appliance inside.
- Know the sound of your CO alarm – your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near each sleeping area.
- Remember to replace alarms that are more than 10 years old.
- Because smoke rises, it is recommended that you place the alarms on the ceiling. Avoid ceilings near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows and ceiling fans.
- When warning beeps sound, replace your battery immediately. Never wait.
Home Escape Plan
- Draw a floor plan showing how you and your family would escape a fire in your home.
- Look for two ways out of each room and have a pre-arranged meeting place outside.
- Regularly practice with every member of your home.
- After everyone is outside, call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
- Never re-enter a burning building.
For more information:
Kendra Martin | Communications Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON N0B 1S0
519.846.9691 x220 centrewellington.ca
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