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Students who are living away from home, should contact the fire department of the community they are residing in to learn if their student residence has been recently inspected. Make sure there is a working smoke alarm on every floor of the building you are living in and prepare and practice an escape plan. The following videos on the knowfire.ca website may be helpful to consider while planning for your safe school year.
Older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to fire risk. As we age, our reaction time slows, medical or mobility issues impair our ability move quickly and medication may increase drowsiness or forgetfulness. Many Seniors who survive a fall never fully recover, they face chronic pain and reduced mobility which then puts them at risk for being injured or succumbing to a fire. All of these issues contribute to the fact that Seniors in Ontario are at a high risk of dying in a fire.
Cooking is the #1 cause of residential
fires in the Province of Ontario and is responsible for 12% of the fire
deaths for Seniors. Of all fatalities of Seniors 65 and older, 26% of
them had a disability of some type. Follow these fire safety tips so
you don't become a statistic.
The Ontario Fire Marshal in association with the Ontario Farm Safety Association has published a Farm Safety Checklist to assist farmers to reduce the risk of fire on their properties.
Effective Oct. 15, 2014, Ontario made carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all homes and other residential buildings.
The new regulation updates Ontario's Fire Code following the passage of
These updates are based on
recommendations from a Technical Advisory Committee which was led by the
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and included
experts from fire services, the hotel and rental housing industries,
condo owners and alarm manufacturers.
monoxide alarm will now be required near all sleeping areas in
residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas
in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired,
battery-operated or plugged into the wall.
Carbon Monoxide - Questions and Answers
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that you can't see, smell or
taste. It's produced by the incomplete burning of fuels like natural
gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal or wood, due to
inadequate air. Improperly installed or poorly maintained appliances
that run on these fuels can create unsafe levels of CO. In enclosed
spaces like your home, cottage or vehicle, even a small amount of CO is
For more information, please visit the
Office of the Fire Marshal website.
What causes a CO hazard?
Be Aware of these Danger Signs
Township of Norwich Fire Service would like to take this opportunity to
inform all residents that the Minister of Community Safety and
Correctional Services has amended the Ontario Fire Code to require smoke
alarms on every level, as well as outside all sleeping areas, in all
single family, semi-detached and townhouse dwelling units, whether owner
occupied or rented. This law came into effect in March 2006.
For more information, please visit the
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management website.
Smoke Alarm Regulation
Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas- it's the law!
Failure to comply with the fire code smoke alarm requirements could
result in a ticket of $235, or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals
and $100,000 for Corporations.
Forms are available from
the Township of Norwich Fire Department for landlords and tenants
regarding the installation of smoke alarms in rental properties.
When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s
instructions for information about correct placement. Test your smoke
alarms every month using the test button.
Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the
low-battery warning chirps. Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they
are more than ten years old. Steam from the shower or cooking in the
oven, stove or toaster can cause smoke alarms to activate.
Do not remove the battery. Instead, try moving the alarm to a
different location, or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that
will temporarily silence the alarm.