Niagara Falls, ON, March 9 – The Niagara Falls Fire Department is asking residents to spring into fire safety this weekend as they spring their clocks ahead one hour by replacing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The fire department also wants residents to test the alarms to make sure they work.

“Changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is an easy and affordable way to ensure your family is protected” stated Fire Chief Jim Boutilier. “We know these alarms save lives in the event of an emergency but residents have to do their part and make sure the alarms in their home are in working condition“ added Boutilier.

There have been 16 fire related deaths in Ontario already in 2018 and the Niagara Falls Fire Department stresses the importance of residents taking responsibility for their own fire safety by ensuring the required alarms are installed and by having a home escape plan. “We see a lot of complacency among the public with regards to fire safety” stated Chief Boutilier. “We find a lot of people don’t make fire safety a priority and the simple task of installing alarms, maintaining them and working out an escape plan with their family will greatly improve their safety” concluded Boutilier.

It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection it is recommended to install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace, or attached garage.

Failing to install smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, tampering with or removing batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law and individuals can be fined up to $50,000 and/or one year in jail.

For more information, contact:
Ben Trendle – Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Niagara Falls Fire Department
Phone: 905-356-1321 ext. 2211
Email: btrendle@niagarafalls.ca 

Posted on: 3/9/2018 2:16 PM - Category: Media Releases