Mar 06, 2009
Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services (MFES) reminds all residents to test their smoke
alarms monthly to ensure they are operational and to change their batteries this weekend,
during the switch to daylight savings time.
"There is nothing more difficult to accept than knowing that a life could have been saved
by an operational smoke alarm," said Mississauga Fire Chief John McDougall.
"Since the beginning of 2009 there have been 19 fire fatalities across the province
McDougall explained that the Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every level and
outside all sleeping areas of Ontario homes. "Statistics from the Ontario Fire
Marshal's office reveal that in 50 per cent of fatal, preventable home fires, the victims had
no smoke alarm warning," he said.
Homeowners without the required number of working smoke alarms are subject to fines of $235,
and individual property owners that do not comply with the new law could be fined up to
$50,000, receive a year in jail, or both.
"Smoke alarms are inexpensive and available at many stores," said Mississauga Fire
& Emergency Services Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Brian Walsh. "Fires can cost
hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage and may result in the ultimate price, the
loss of a family member. Installing and maintaining working smoke alarms in your home is no
different than making sure you and your family are wearing seat belts while driving in a car.
And don't forget to plan and practise a home fire escape plan with your family. When the smoke
alarm sounds, everyone must know what to do."
MFES provides the following smoke alarm tips:
- Test smoke alarms once a month.
- Smoke alarms don't last forever so it is important to replace any smoke alarm that is more
than 10 years old.
- Change smoke alarm batteries routinely in the spring and fall when clocks are changed.
- Gently vacuum dust out of smoke alarms every six months following the manufacturer's
For more information visit www.mississauga.ca or call the Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Public
Education office at 905-615-4377.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With
well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be
an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength
and for being Canada's safest city.
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046