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“Push the Button” And You Could Save a Life

Mar 06, 2013

Mississauga, March 6, 2013 – Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES)
and TVOKids want you to ‘push the button’ and test your smoke alarms while you change your clocks this Sunday, March 10.

“Keeping your family and your home safe in the event of a fire begins with having properly functioning smoke alarms,” said fire chief John McDougall. “Test your smoke alarms with your children and have them ‘push the button.’ If the alarm doesn’t sound then it is time to replace the batteries or the smoke alarm.”

The Fire Chief explains that smoke alarms provide an early warning signal and are the first line of defense in the case of a fire emergency. Residents are encouraged to have a fire evacuation plan and know what to do should their smoke alarm sound.

McDougall added that it is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms can also be installed inside every bedroom for added protection. Tampering with, or removing the batteries from smoke alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the smoke alarm Fire Code requirements can result in a ticket of $235 or a fine of up to $50,000. It is recommended that smoke alarms (battery or electric) should be changed every 10 years.

Visit www.mississauga.ca/fire for more information on smoke alarms and other safety tips and go to www.tvokids.com/features/pushbutton and record the number of buttons you pushed in your home to check your smoke alarms. The number will be added to TVOKids “Push the Button!” counter.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.







Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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