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Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service Reminds Residents of Importance of Home Escape Plans

January 29, 2015 - The City Of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service would like to remind residents the importance of having and practicing “Home Escape Plans” and knowing the distinct sound of smoke alarms.

It is of extreme importance that during a residential fire everyone in the household knows what to do. In fire situations you may only have minutes to escape without injury or death. The ”Home Escape Plans” should be practiced at night and also through the day with all members in the household.

The Ontario Fire Code requires that every residence should have a working smoke alarm on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas. The smoke alarms must be audible in all sleeping rooms, to warn everyone in case of a fire.

In a recent fire 3 family members were awakened by neighbors who warned them of the fire and they were able to make their escape. Investigation revealed that there were working smoke alarms within the house, but the residents could not hear them and therefore weren’t awakened.

If for some reason you cannot hear your smoke alarm, alternative measures must be used. Alternative measures can include interconnected smoke alarms inside the bedroom, bed shaker alarms, and strobe lights.

Had the neighbors not awoken these people, the outcome could have been tragic.

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For more information please contact:

Ronald Woolfrey
Fire Prevention Inspector
(705) 324-5731 ext. 586

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