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March 12, 2017 is Daylight Savings. Change your clocks, change your batteries and check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
TVO Kids and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) Want All Families to Push 2 Buttons!
TVOKids, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) are partnering again this spring to help raise awareness about the importance of early detection and warning. Ontario families are being asked to test all the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes to make sure they are working.
The TVOKids "Push 2 Buttons" is a fun opportunity that helps to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and warning. This year's spring campaign begins on February 27 and ends on March 12, 2017. During the campaign, kids are encouraged to go to tvokids.com and enter the number of alarms they have tested. The number will be added to the TVOKids "Push 2 Buttons!" counter. Kids will also be able to print a special certificate.
Grey Highlands Fire & Emergency Services encourages everyone in Grey Highlands to "Push 2 Buttons!" and test the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes. Kids at home will love the permission to test the alarms to see if they are working. Adults, whether homeowners or renters, will have peace of mind knowing that they and their families have early warning when they hear the sound.
For some added fun, tvokids.com has a great online and interactive fire safety game for children 11 and under. Hot Spot or Not encourages players to identify fire safety hazards in a house or apartment, room by room.
No Smoke Alarms Found in Recent Fatal Fire
The investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) into the fatal fire in Brampton, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, revealed that there were no smoke alarms present in the residence.
Grey Highlands Fire & Emergency Services is urging the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.
Early detection and warning of a fire in your home is crucial to your survival. The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms. It is against the law for anyone to remove the batteries or tamper with an alarm in any way.
In addition to having working smoke alarms on every floor, it is equally important to ensure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. It is up to you to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in Grey Highlands. For added safety follow these tips:
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life:
- Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer's recommendations.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of your home according to manufacturer's recommendations.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer's recommendations.
Give your family a fighting chance with a home fire escape plan:
- Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.
- All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
- If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
- Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour's home.
- Practice your home fire escape plan.
- Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
If you are a landlord:
- It is your responsibility to ensure your rental properties have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in compliance with the law.
If you are a tenant of a rental property:
- Contact your landlord immediately, if your rental property does not have the required number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or if an alarm is not functioning properly
For more information, contact: Jessica Yaniw, Public Fire & Life Safety Educator 226-909-0668 ext 107
TSSA Carbon Monoxide Public Awareness Campaign
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA), with the support of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) will be launching a creative Carbon Monoxide Public Awareness Campaign starting February 15, 2017 till mid May, 2017.
The campaign will target Ontario homeowners to raise awareness surrounding the potential risk of CO in the home and motivate homeowners to have their fuel-burning appliances inspected annually & CO alarms installed in their homes.
The strategy surrounding this campaign will utilize movie style promotional tactics to maximize engagement and bring the "SilentKiller" theme to life in a compelling way.
These tactics will include traditional advertising & digital campaigns that will reach millions of people via TTC Station Posters, Interior GO Train Posters, Transit Shelters (across 12 Ontario communities), Cineplex Pre-Show (14 theatres in various Ontario communities), Cineplex Lobby Backlit Screens, Cineplex Theatre Intercepts, Cineplex Magazine, Campaign Landing Page (The SilentKiller.ca), Video Development, Social Media (Facebook and Instagram), Digital Display, YouTube and Search Engine Marketing.
Over 65% of all carbon monoxide deaths and injuries occur in homes. Grey Highlands Fire & Emergency Services encourages residents to ensure that CO alarms are installed outside of sleeping quarters and service rooms in their homes in accordance with Ontario Fire Code. Ensure existing alarms are operational by testing them monthly.
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