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Fire Safety

Fire Safety Tips

Smoke Alarm Information & Maintenance

Most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you.  Effective March 1, 2006, it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. This covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.
Test your smoke alarms regularly by pressing the test button or by using smoke from a smouldering incense stick. Replace batteries regularly.  Install a new battery in each alarm at least once a year. All battery-operated smoke alarms are required to emit a warning sound, usually an intermittent “chirp” when the battery power is low. When warning chirp sounds, replace your battery immediately. Never wait. Change your batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall.  Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
Maintain your alarm
Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so gently vacuum alarms every six months using a soft brush. Never vacuum electrically connected alarms unless you shut off the power. Test your unit when finished cleaning. When installing, testing, and maintaining smoke alarms, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide alarm will now be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

How Can I protect Myself and my Family?
  • Regularly maintained appliances that are properly ventilated should not produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your fuel burning appliance(s) at least once per year.
  • Have you chimney inspected and cleaned every year by a W.E.T.T. certified professional.
  • Be sure your carbon monoxide alarm has been certified to the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) CAN/CGA 6.19 standard or the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2034 standard.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm in or near the sleeping area(s) of the home.
  • Install the carbon monoxide alarms(s) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Test your carbon monoxide alarm regularly to make sure it is operating properly. The owner’s manual should tell you how to test your alarm. Remember to check the manual for information on when to buy a new carbon monoxide alarm.


Emergency Vehicle Access to Your Laneway

Limited Access May Affect Emergency Response

It is important that a fire truck or ambulance be able to use your laneway when responding to an emergency call at your house or cottage.  The owner of a building in the Township is responsible for the access to the building from the traveled portion of the road to the building.  An access that is not suitable for a large pumper truck or ambulance may impact the effectiveness of emergency personnel responding to an emergency call at that location.  Laneways should be snowplowed and sanded when required. A minimum clearance width of 20 feet is suggested (which includes road width) with a clearance of 20 feet overhead (guideline only). Any turns or corners must be wide enough to allow the trucks to drive directly to the residence. It is also important to ensure that your civic address sign is clearly visible.