Fire Prevention Day in Guelph is October 15

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, October 5 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 15.

The event is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot, located at 63 Woodlawn Rd., West. Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about fire safety in the home.

Inside the store, children are invited to build a model fire truck. Outside, residents are invited to meet and speak with firefighters, check out the antique fire truck, and tour Guelph’s interactive fire safety trailer to learn how to safely escape from a smoke-filled home. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance.

Fire Prevention Week 2016

During Fire Prevention Week, October 9 to 15, the Guelph Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind everyone to check the expiry date on their smoke alarms. This year’s theme is ‘Don’t wait, check the date!’

“Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, usually 10 years. The date of manufacture is indicated on the back of the alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date,” explains Matt Valeriote, assistant chief fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department.

Guelph Fire also reminds residents and landlords that in Ontario working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Houses built or renovated after 2014 are also required to have a smoke alarm in every bedroom.

In addition to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms are required 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.

Safety tips

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