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Annual Smoke Alarm Canvass Gets Underway

Event date: Friday, June 17, 2011, at 1:50 PM

June 17, 2011 – Firefighters from all eight city fire stations are starting their annual door-to-door campaign to ensure Thunder Bay residents have working smoke alarms on all levels of their homes and outside each sleeping area. The program began in 2004. We have seen a marked improvement in the number of homes that are complying with Ontario Fire Code requirements.

"Every day, we see the benefits of having a working smoke alarm on every level of every home," says John Hay, Chief of the Fire Rescue. "Time and time again, we hear reports of families that are alerted during the early stages of a fire by their smoke alarms, and are able to escape a fire safely. Smoke alarms are the first line of defense against fire! That's why it's so important that every household complies with the law!"

The smoke alarm canvass will run through the summer months and finish at the end of September. We encourage all homeowners to allow us to check their smoke alarms for proper operation, and to have a "Family Fire Safety Plan" in place.

"No charges will be laid during these inspections but if we attend a fire call in your home, and no working smoke alarms are found, you will get a ticket," continued Chief Hay.

"Almost every year, we see an increase province-wide in fatal fires. Many of these lives could be saved if families were prepared with working smoke alarms and escape plans."

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Contact:  Fire Chief John Hay – 625-2101
               Captain Terry Hanchar – 625-3617