Guelph Fire Prevention Day is October 10

Guelph, ON, September 30, 2015 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 10.

The event is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guelph Costco, located at 19 Elmira Road South. Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as fire prevention in the home.

Residents are invited to check out the antique fire truck, meet and speak to firefighters and Sparky the fire dog, and tour Guelph’s interactive fire safety trailer to learn how to safely escape from a smoke-filled home.

Fire Prevention Week 2015

During Fire Prevention Week, October 4 to 10, the Guelph Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind everyone to install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. This year’s theme is ‘Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.’

Ontario law requires that houses constructed prior to 2014 have working smoke alarms located on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Houses built after 2014 are required to have a smoke alarm in every bedroom, located on every storey, and outside all sleeping areas. According to the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office, there was no smoke alarm warning in 34 per cent of the 555 fatal residential fires in Ontario between 2004 and 2013.

“When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s all about location, location, location. Having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom increases a person’s chance of surviving a fire in the middle of the night when they are usually sleeping,” says Matt Valeriote, assistant chief Fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department.

In addition to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms are required, in Ontario, adjacent to all sleeping areas in residential homes that contain a fuel burning appliance, fire place or attached garage and in the service rooms, and adjacent to sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

The Guelph Fire Department recommends the following smoke alarm and safety tips:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. Consider vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may need assistance maintaining and testing their smoke alarms.
  • Change the batteries once a year
  • Replace smoke alarms within the time frame indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions or if they don’t sound when tested
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place
  • Call 9-1-1 from a cellphone or neighbour’s phone

Visit guelph.ca/fire for more fire safety information or to learn more about smoke alarms visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at firepreventionweek.org.

For more information

Matt Valeriote
Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2136
matt.valeriote@guelph.ca