I know the day will arrive, but hope it won’t be.
I will have to share the sad news of deaths in a house fire.
It seems inevitable, it’s the nature of a large city such as our that statistically tragedy will happen.
What I didn’t realize was just how likely it really is, you have less than two minutes to get out of your home upon hearing the smoke detector.
That is quicker than the fire department can ever hope to be at your home and rescue you.
Fire Prevention Week and Free Smoke Alarms
The Hamilton Fire Department is launching Fire Prevention Week by installing free smoke alarms in the Keith Neighbourhood.
The Department’s Fire Prevention Division provides assistance for those who cannot afford or cannot install smoke alarms. They can be reached at 905-546-2424 ext. 1380.
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Officer John Verbeek offers the following smoke alarm safety tips:
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years and vacuum annually
- Test smoke alarms once a month
- Ensure that all members of your household know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
- If you sleep with the bedroom door closed, consider installing a smoke alarm inside the bedroom