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Media Release: ​Mayor, Fire Chief urge residents to install smoke alarms and practise home fire escape plans

Wednesday, Feb 15 2017
BRAMPTON, ON: In the wake of Tuesday’s fatal fire in Brampton, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Brampton Fire and Emergency Services are urging the public to take extra precautions and make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have also practised a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home. 

“We have the tools to help prevent tragedies from happening,” said Mayor Jeffrey. “I want to remind every Brampton resident - go home tonight and make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home. Early warning is the key to your family surviving a fire.”

“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” said Fire Chief Michael Clark. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”

Just as important as having working smoke alarms is ensuring everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. “We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in Brampton,” continued Chief Clark.

It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in yesterday’s fatal fire in Brampton.

Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
• Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations. 
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. 
• Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
• Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible. 
• All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
• If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
• Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
• Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.
• Practice your home fire escape plan.
• Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:
• Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
• Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
• Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

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Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca