Door-to-door safety inspection yields ‘alarming’ results

It was an alarming day for Welland firefighters as the visited a north end street to conduct door-to-door smoke and carbon monoxide testing as part of their Fire Prevention Week activities.

They visited 24 homes on Tuesday, Oct. 8/2019, but, only 14 residents were home as they visited.

“The results were ‘alarming,’” a City of Welland press release said. “Within these 14 homes, firefighters needed to install 14 smoke alarms and 13 carbon monoxide alarms. Several alarms also had to be re-located to correct locations.”

“It was a lucky day for these residents, not only did firefighters test and install alarms, the alarms were free of charge. This was due to a recent generous donation of alarms by Rona of Welland.,” the release said.

Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are mandatory in houses in Ontario, failure to comply with the Fire Code could result in tickets of $235, fines up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for companies.

“We are continually surprised by the number of homes that do not have sufficient smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed”, said Welland Fire Chief, Brian Kennedy in the press release.

Every level of your home and outside of all sleeping areas have to have smoke alarms. Carbon Monoxide alarms are mandatory outside of all sleeping areas of homes with fuel fired appliances.

One of the smoke alarms replaced was from the 1970’s.

“Alarms expire, even hard-wired (electric) alarms, because the sensors are impacted over time. Check expiry dates – replace all batteries yearly and alarms within 10 years (check manufacturer expiry dates)”, said Chief Kennedy in the release.

Other Fire Prevention Week activities include the “Fire Safety for Seniors” event at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, Thursday, Oct. 10/2019 from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event features a fire safety presentation, health and wellness information, free refreshments and giveaways. On Saturday, Oct. 12/2019, from 9 a.m. to noon, Welland Fire Prevention Officers and firefighters will be at the Rona and Canadian Tire stores. Residents are invited to come visit with them and receive information about fire safety in the home.