In Ontario approximately 70 percent of fire deaths occur in homes that are
not protected by working smoke alarms. This is particularly tragic when
fire strikes our most vulnerable groups-children and older adults. Recently
incidents in Ottawa and West Lincoln, Ontario, where tragically multiple
deaths have occurred in residential fires, has re-emphasized the importance
of having these lifesaving devices in all homes.
The Fire Department recognizes that we must partner together with our
citizens, so that the focus on preventing fires from happening in the first
place is given the highest priority. However, in the event a fire does
occur, a working smoke alarm on every level of your home will alert you and
your family and can provide you an opportunity to escape. Developing and
practising a home escape plane will ensure that everyone knows what to do
when the alarm sounds.
We also ask that, if you do not have smoke alarms in your home, install them
today. If you do have smoke alarms, test them regularly to ensure they
Remember that fire can strike quickly and when you least expect it. It is
your responsibility to have working smoke alarms in your home and it is the
law. This small investment in fire safety can make a big difference to you,
your family and your community's Firefighters.