The Orillia Fire Department’s annual Alarmed for Life program starts May 1.
“Orillia Fire crews will be out in the community going door-to-door offering assistance and advice to homeowners,” said acting Orillia Fire Chief Brent Thomas. “With changes in laws and technology, we want to ensure Orillia residents have the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm information they need.”
Crews will cover Orillia neighbourhoods week by week through to September 31 delivering information to homeowners and tenants about smoke detectors and CO alarms. If residents are unsure if they are adequately protected, fire fighters will check to ensure detectors are properly located and operating correctly. (Failing to replace batteries in smoke alarms is not uncommon. A good rule of thumb is to check them twice a year when Daylight Savings Time changes occur – or right now.)
Smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and between living areas and sleeping areas. In homes built after January 1, 2016, smoke alarms are also required in each sleeping room. CO alarms are required to be installed adjacent to every sleeping room in homes where there is a fuel burning appliance or an attached garage. For added protection it’s recommended CO alarms be installed on every storey of the home.
Information about smoke and CO alarms can be found here.
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