Must Read:- Milton Fire Department shares important information regarding Fire and Smoke Alarms
By law, smoke alarms are required on every level of your home and in larger homes, outside sleeping areas.
In a fire, seconds count. Today, because of the way things are manufactured and produced, a fire can destroy your house in mere minutes. You literally have no time to spare in a house fire!
Only working smoke alarms will provide you with the early warning you need to immediately escape from your home.
By law, smoke alarms are required on every level of your home and in larger homes, outside sleeping areas. We also recommend placing smoke alarms in every bedroom for added protection.
Smoke alarms expire. Replace alarms as per the manufacturers instructions or at least every 10 years.
Test and clean alarms once a month. To test the alarm, press and hold the test button. Clean your smoke alarms with a vacuum. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
Plan ahead. Create a home fire escape plan and try to have two ways out of every room and practice your escape with regular fire drills.
It is very important to have a meeting place for your family outside your home, near the front entrance.
If you are a renter, it is the property owners / landlords responsibility to maintain your smoke alarms. This means they should be testing and replacing batteries annually. Notify the property owner or landlord if your smoke alarm is not working properly.
Carbon monoxide is known as the Silent Killer because its a gas that you cant see it or smell it but it can kill you. Each year, numerous Canadians die or are hospitalized due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning which is why having a working carbon monoxide alarm is vitally important. Its also the law.
Where does carbon monoxide (CO) come from? CO is produced when fuels such as natural gas, wood, coal, do not fully burn. Common sources in the home that can produce CO are hot water heaters, furnaces, fire places and idling vehicles.
Symptom of CO poisoning. Common symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning include headaches, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.
What to do. If your CO alarm activates, immediately call the Fire Department at 9-1-1 and follow the directions of the communicator.
By law, CO alarms are required outside every sleeping area. In most newer homes, there will be a CO/Smoke alarm combination unit on the top floor outside the bedrooms.
Test and clean CO alarms the same as you would a smoke alarm.
Life span. A CO alarm life span is approximately five to seven years. Newer models will have an End-Of-Life signal to let you know when to replace it.
If you are a tenant, it is the owners/landlords responsibility to provide you with a working CO alarm and to maintain it.
As a tenant, its your responsibility to notify the owner or landlord if your CO alarm is not working properly.
For more fire safety information, please visit MiltonFire.ca