Province Marks Fire Prevention Week
October 11, 2016
Ontario Fire Marshal Recommends Replacing Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
To mark Fire Prevention Week 2016, Ontario and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) are urging Ontarians to replace smoke alarms in their homes every 10 years.
The Ontario Fire Code requires all Ontario homeowners to install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
The following fire prevention measures can help keep you and your family safe:
Replace smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s date, usually found on the back of the alarm
Test alarms monthly
Change the batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year
Reach out to neighbours, friends and relatives who may need assistance with maintaining and testing their smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 9 to 15.
In 35 per cent of fatal home fires over the last five years, there was no smoke alarm warning. In 13 per cent of those fires, there were no smoke alarms at all.
On average, 36 injuries and six fatalities from home fires occur in October each year.
Top ignition sources for the month of October include cooking, heating equipment and electrical distribution equipment (i.e., wiring).
Find more important fire prevention tips and read about what to do in the event of a fire.