Oct 31, 2012
Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) reminds all residents that it is time to
check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when standard time begins on Sunday,
"Smoke alarms save lives but only if they work," said fire chief John McDougall.
"Many fatal fires are as a result of smoke alarms that did not work because the batteries
had been removed or were dead. Fire and Emergency Services reminds and encourages residents to
replace their smoke alarm batteries and test their carbon monoxide detectors this weekend while
they change their household clocks."
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors provide an early warning signal and are the
first line of defense in the case of an emergency inside the home. Residents are reminded that
fire can spread quickly and they are encouraged to have two ways out of every room in case of a
fire, a meeting spot in a safe location away from the home and to know what to do should their
smoke alarm sound.
McDougall added: "It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every
storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas and it is against the law to tamper with or
remove the batteries from smoke alarms." For more information on, visit the Office of
the Fire Marshal website
The City of Mississauga also regulates the use of carbon monoxide detectors in dwelling
units and multi-unit residences under By-law 77-99
Please visit Mississauga Fire's Home Safe Home
web page for
more information on smoke alarms and to download a copy of the home escape plan. Fire safety
guides and the home escape plan are available in 12 languages.
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.
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Public Affairs Specialist
City of Mississauga