CENTRE WELLINGTON – Steps must be taken to prevent tragedies. It is the priority Centre Wellington Fire & Rescue to ensure safety and protection of our citizens within our community.
"In light of the recent tragedies, we want to remind residents how important it is to have working Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in your home" said Fire Chief Brad Patton. "Investigations into home fire deaths very often find that smoke alarms are either absent or did not sound due to missing or old batteries. If it is a matter of affordability, please contact us, we are here to help ensure the safety of you and your family".
If your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage, Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas within your home. Centre Wellington Fire recommends installing Smoke and CO alarms on every level of your home, as well as outside bedrooms to be sure you are alerted in the event of an emergency. Alarms need to be checked monthly to make sure they are working properly.
Because smoke rises, it is recommended you place smoke alarms on the ceiling. Avoid installing smoke alarms near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows and ceiling fans. The smoke alarm should be installed between each sleeping area and the remainder of the building or where a sleeping area is served by a hallway, install the alarm in the hallways. Always install the smoke alarm on or near the ceiling in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions.
It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. This covers single family, semi-detached, town homes and apartments, whether owner-occupied or rented.
If you do not have smoke or CO alarms in your home, please contact Centre Wellington Fire for information or assistance at 519-843-1950.
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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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