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Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Reminder Change Your Clocks and Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

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, November 4. 
"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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Media Contact:
Erin Beaudoin
Public Affairs Specialist
City of Mississauga
905.615.3200  x4297