Fire Department asks residents to Get Loud! and “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™” ahead of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3-9, 2021 and the Haldimand County Fire Department is urging residents to Get Loud! and “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”.

By law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Sadly, far too often do fatal fires occur in homes where there were no working smoke alarms.

Testing your alarms is the only way to ensure they are working and that you and your family can be alerted in the event of a fire.

Testing alarms produces a beep, the sound of alarms in an emergency. Replace the batteries if the alarms do not sound when the test button is pushed. If the alarms still don’t sound, replace the alarms.

“Knowing the different sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make, can save you, your loved ones, and your home. Get Loud! by testing your alarms every month to learn the sound they make and to ensure the batteries work,” said Haldimand County Fire Chief Jason Gallagher.

“Take immediate action if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms sound. If the alarms beep, get everyone out of the home. If your alarms chirp, replace the batteries or alarms immediately,” Gallagher added.

For more fire safety/prevention tips and learning resources, visit the Fire Department’s website.