Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2015) is a week dedicated to preventing fires and ensuring you’re as fire safe as possible.
The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2015 is ‘Hear the Beep Where You Sleep’ which emphasizes the importance of having a working smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Furthermore, the Ontario Fire Marshal recommends that each bedroom has a smoke alarm installed within it. The revised Ontario Building Code requires that new homes have smoke alarms installed each bedroom and the Fire Marshal is asking that all fire departments in Ontario support this initiative and advocate for smoke alarms in bedrooms.
Did you know?
Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. In fact, one quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. If you need more reasoning to ensure you have working smoke alarms, three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Smoke alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area or where a sleeping area is served by a hallway, install the alarm in the hall. Ensure the smoke alarm is installed on or near the ceiling, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Install a new battery at least once a year; however we recommend changing them each time we change our clocks. That means once in the spring, and once in the fall.
- Smoke and Carbon Mononxide (CO) alarms should be tested once a month to ensure they are working properly.
- Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so carefully vacuum the inside of the unit if possible. Remember, if it’s electrically connected, shut the power off first.
You can find more information on alarm installation and maintenance on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website. If you’d like to brush up on your fire safety knowledge, take the Fire Prevention Week quiz!
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Some content reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2015 NFPA.