St. Catharines fire department begins fire safety home visits

City of St. Catharines press release – St. Catharines firefighters are hitting the streets this summer to help families protect themselves with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Management Services begins its Alarmed for Life program raising awareness for home and fire safety Monday, June 3. Firefighters will go door-to-door between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends to discuss fire safety and offer home safety checks, including testing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick says the Alarmed for Life program help firefighters to bring home to residents the importance of ensuring their properties are protected against fire.

“We are looking forward to getting out and meeting the people we serve,” said the acting fire chief. “This program is a great opportunity to engage with the community on the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and home fire escape plans. It’s also a great way for residents to bring up other fire safety concerns they may have.”

A review of the fire statistics over a 10-year period identified unattended cooking as one of the top causes of house fires in St. Catharines. Fires resulting from careless smoking are also one of the leading causes of fires. The acting fire chief said firefighters will remind residents to always pay attention to their cooking and ensure smoking materials are properly extinguished and provide other timely fire-safety information.

Home safety checks are completely voluntary. Alarmed for Life is designed to deliver fire safety information directly to residents and to ensure their homes are protected. Should firefighters discover a property is missing working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms during an Alarmed for Life home visit they’ll offer to replace the batteries or install new alarms for a minimal fee.

Residents who don’t receive a visit from firefighters but want to discuss smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, home fire safety or have other questions can call 905.688.5601 ext. 4224.