Fire Prevention Day in Guelph is October 4

Guelph, On, September 30, 2014 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 4.

The event, open to the public, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guelph Home Depot, located at 63 Woodlawn Rd., West. Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of testing smoke alarms every month, as well as fire prevention in the home.

Inside the store, children are invited to build a model emergency services vehicle. Outside, residents are invited to check out the antique fire truck, meet and speak to firefighters and Sparky the fire dog, tour Guelph’s fire safety trailer to learn how to safely escape from a smoke-filled home, and learn how to safely put out a fire using a fire extinguisher.

Fire Prevention Week 2014

During Fire Prevention Week, October 5 to 11, the Guelph Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind everyone to test their smoke alarms monthly. This year’s theme is ‘Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.’

“Only working smoke alarms increase the chances of surviving a fire, so make sure to test all of your smoke alarms,” says Matt Valeriote, fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department. “It is one of the easiest tests you’ll ever take.”

Ontario law requires that working smoke alarms be located on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. The Guelph Fire Department recommends the following smoke alarm and safety tips:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly. Consider vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may need assistance maintaining and testing their smoke alarms—let’s make sure to test theirs too!
  • Change the batteries once a year
  • Replace smoke alarms after 10 years
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household

“The Guelph Fire Department is challenging everyone in Guelph to demonstrate how you test your smoke alarms,” says Valeriote. “Post your photos to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #FPW2014.”

Visit for more fire safety information or to learn more about smoke alarms visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at

For more information

Matt Valeriote
Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2136