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Brampton Fire says: Forget the chocolates this Valentine’s Day


Nothing says “I love you” like working smoke alarms

BRAMPTON, ON – Struggling to find that perfect Valentine’s gift this year? The one that shows you really care? Brampton Fire has a low-cost, high-impact suggestion that you can find at your local home improvement store.

Having a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas is not just the law – it’s also the best way you can protect your loved ones in an emergency. Smoke alarms can cost as little as $20, and provide you with the peace of mind that the people you care about most will have critical early warning in the event of a fire emergency.

Brampton Fire created a video to help promote this message. Forget the same old chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year - nothing says “I love you” like working smoke alarms.

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. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.
• 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. Change the batteries every year.
• Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Quotes:

“The safety of our residents is a priority, and we know not all Brampton homes are protected with working smoke alarms. Show your loved ones you really do care this Valentine’s Day, and make sure you have this life-saving device in your home.”
- Mayor Linda Jeffrey

“We know working smoke alarms save lives. This Valentine’s Day, think about the important people in your life, and make sure they know they are loved by helping protect them in case there’s a fire emergency.”
- Regional Councillor and Chair, Community Services, Michael Palleschi

“Fire moves so fast that you may have less than 60 seconds to safely escape a fire, so early warning is of crucial importance for you and your loved ones. Only working smoke alarms give you that early warning.”
- Fire Chief Bill Boyes

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