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Mar 08, 2012

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) reminds residents that it is time to check their smoke alarms when daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 11.

“Keeping your family and your home safe in the event of a fire begins with having properly functioning smoke alarms,” said Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Chief John McDougall. “This includes replacing electrical or battery operated smoke alarms every ten years, in addition to testing your alarms and replacing and safely disposing of any batteries during daylight savings time.”

McDougall stresses the importance of smoke alarms as they provide an early warning signal and are the first line of defense in case of a fire emergency. Residents are encouraged to have a fire evacuation plan and to make sure every member of their family knows what to do should their smoke alarm sound.

“It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas,” he said. “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.”

Please visit www.mississauga.ca/fire for more information on smoke alarms and other safety tips.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 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.

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