Have a fire escape plan and working smoke alarms, says chief

After a recent fatal fire in Brampton – where it was found there were no smoke alarms in the home – Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Tom Cartwright is once again urging local residents to make sure they have working smoke alarms in the home.

A release from the fire services said residents should have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and practice a home fire escape plan.

“Early detection and warning of a fire in your home is crucial to your survival. The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire service is recommending that you all install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may required additional smoke alarms. It is against the law for anyone to remove the batters or tamper with an alarm in any way,” said Cartwright in the release.

Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in you homes knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs. It is up to you to make sure there types of tragedies do not happen in Port Colborne, Cartwright said.


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