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The Wellington North Fire Service Reminds Mount Forest & Area Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

 "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"


Wellington North Fire Service reminds local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

"In a fire, seconds count," said Jason Benn, Fire Prevention Officer. "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."  The Wellington North Fire Service recently attended a house fire, where smoke alarms were not present, and if it were not for a neighbor banging on the door, the results could have been deadly if it were not for the neighbor.” “There is zero tolerance for not having working smoke alarms in the home and charges are pending” said Fire Chief Dave Guilbault.”

 

•Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

•Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

•Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

•Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

•Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.