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The Municipality of Grey Highlands
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

Phone: (519) 986-2811
Toll Free: (888) 342-4059
Fax: (519) 986-3643

Office Location
206 Toronto Street South
Unit 1 Markdale

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 409 Markdale, Ontario N0C 1H0

Joint Building Services Department
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm

Municipality of Grey Highlands
Municipality of West Grey
Township of Chatsworth
Township of Southgate

Office Location
50 Lorne Street, P.O. Box 409
Markdale, Ontario N0C 1H0
Ph: 226-909-0668 Fax 226-909-0662
building@greyhighlands.ca
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Grey Highlands Fire and Emergency Services

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Fire Officials Warn the Importance of Correctly Installed Smoke Alarms after Cottage Fire Claims the Lives of A Family

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management haven’t determined what caused the fire that claimed a family of four on December 24, 2016 near Peterborough Ontario, however it has been confirmed that smoke alarm placement contributed to a delay in activation. During their investigation, the OFMEM found several wall mounted smoke alarms. Due to the construction of the family’s cottage, which was open concept with vaulted ceilings, smoke first accumulated at the highest peak of the ceiling before horizontally progressing down to a point where it could activate an alarm. This delay in activation, would have significantly impacted the family’s ability to evacuate the cottage.

Smoke and heat rise. Hence why it is not only crucial to consider manufacturers recommendations, but also smoke patterns when installing your smoke alarms. If you are unsure whether your smoke alarms are correctly installed, contact Grey Highlands Fire and Emergency Services for an inspection of your residential home or cottage.

The Ontario Fire Code requires every dwelling to have working smoke alarms on every level and outside sleeping quarters. Regularly testing your smoke alarms (fire officials recommend once per month) will ensure they are functioning in the event of a fire emergency.  

On average, a working smoke alarm can detect a developing fire as quickly as 15 seconds. That’s the incipient stage of a fire well before the environment becomes toxic. Smoke and fire spread quickly doubling in size every 30 seconds, which means early detection and prompt evacuation are key to survival. 

 Practice your fire escape plan with your family. It’s one thing to have working smoke alarms, and another to know what to do in the event those alarms go off. Don’t wait until a fire emergency to practice evacuation. Develop a fire escape plan and a safe meeting place outside, and practice it regularly. Keep small children and elderly family members who will require assistance in mind. Once outside, stay outside and call 9-1-1 from a safe location. 

 For more information, or to schedule a fire inspection of your home or cottage, contact Grey Highlands Fire and Emergency Services at 226-909-0668 or fireadmin@greyhighlands.ca

No Smoke Alarms Found in 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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Phone: (226) 909-0668
Fax: (226) 909-0662

50 Lorne Street, Markdale
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Holiday Fire & CO Safety (pdf - 383 KB)
Posted: December 7, 2016

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Become a Volunteer Firefighter Open House September 29, 2016 (pdf - 3196 KB)
Posted: September 7, 2016

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October 8, 2016 Fire Prevention Week Open House (pdf - 128 KB)
Posted: August 22, 2016

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Information on Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation (pdf - 60 KB)
Information on Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation
Posted: December 11, 2015

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Letter for Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation (pdf - 32 KB)
Letter for Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation
Posted: December 10, 2015

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Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation (pdf - 48 KB)
Certificate for Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation
Posted: December 10, 2015

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Kidde Expanded Recall, Aug 2015 (pdf - 104 KB)
Posted: August 28, 2015

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September 2014 Kidde Smoke Alarm Recall (pdf - 62 KB)
Posted: September 12, 2014

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Open Air Burning By-Law (pdf - 81 KB)
Posted: January 18, 2011


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Municipality of Grey Highlands - the place for all seasons
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