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Does Your House Have Working Smoke Alarms?

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 work.

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.

For more fire information see the
Township Fire Department Page.


Township of Rideau Lakes, 1439 County Road 8, Delta, ON, K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2251 or 1-800-928-2250 - Fax: 613-928-3097

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