Hi all, Fire Prevention is very important information. I copied this info from the Selwyn Township Website to hopefully use my following to pass this very important information on to you and your family.
Are Your Smoke Alarms Working?Fire Prevention Week runs from October 5th-11th
The Selwyn Fire Department urges everyone in the community to take a few minutes to make sure their smoke alarms are working in preparation for Fire Prevention Week, October 5th-11th, 2014.
“Too many people are complacent about fire safety,” said Fire Prevention Officer Howard Jinkerson “People need to remember there is a one in ten chance of having a fire in their home. With all the plastic and synthetic materials we put in our homes today, fire burns hotter and faster than ever before. You may have just seconds to get everyone out of your home safely.”
Working smoke alarms provide the early warning of fire so that people have those extra seconds needed to escape a fire emergency.
It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Yet, all too often the fire service in Ontario responds to fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. Combination Smoke/CO alarms are a great investment if it is time to update your older smoke alarms giving your family the protection they need if you have a fuel burning appliance in your home or an attached garage. Place a CO alarm outside all sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
The theme of Fire Prevention Week is. “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” The Selwyn Fire Department will be holding events throughout the week to raise public awareness about the importance of working smoke alarms. These events will include school tours of local fire stations, and door to door smoke alarm checks.
For more information, please contact:Howard Jinkerson, Fire Prevention Officer, Selwyn Fire Dept. 705 292 7282
The Goal of the Fire Prevention Division is to reduce the number of preventable fires in the municipality, this is accomplished through education and enforcement. The Prevention Division conducts inspections on buildings throughout the municipality for compliance with the Ontario Fire Code. Responsibility for compliance with the Fire Code falls on the building owner, and failure to comply may result in prosecution.
Fire Safety Plan Templates
A Fire Safety Plan is required for most buildings. Section 2.8 of the Ontario Fire Code outlines which buildings require Fire Safety Plans and what needs to be included on them. For more information on Fire Prevention and Fire Education please contact Fire Prevention Officer at 705-292-7282.
Fire Prevention Canada (FIPRECAN)
The national voice of fire prevention and education in Canada. Please take a few minutes to peruse their site www.fiprecan.ca for valuable information that may save your life, and the lives of your loved ones. Statistics show that, on average, fire kills eight people each week in Canada, with residential fires accounting for 73% of these fatalities.
Notice to Cottagers
Did you know that you may have less than One Minute to escape a burning cottage or home? This is why it is so critical that everyone prepares and practices a cottage or home escape plan, as well as being aware of the requirements for maintaining and replacing their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Follow these 5 steps to protect your family and guests from fire and carbon monoxide danger:
- On Day One of cottage season, prepare and practice a fire escape plan ensuring, wherever possible, that you have two ways out of every room of your cottage.
- Check the age of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Immediately replace smoke alarms over 10 years old and CO alarms over 7 years depending on the manufacturer. This is required whether alarms are plug-in, hardwired or battery powered.
- Install fresh batteries in all alarms, especially those in cottages that were closed down for the winter as cold drains battery power.
- The same Ontario law applies in cottages as in permanent homes – working smoke alarms are required on every storey of your cottage and outside all sleeping areas.
- Cottages with fireplaces or fuel-burning appliances of any kind (eg. propane or gas stove, furnace, water heater etc.) should have a carbon monoxide alarm – this is law in many cottage municipalities.