Fire Marshal alarmed by recent fire tragedies



    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Following a number of serious fires across the
province, Fire Marshal Pat Burke is urging everyone take a few minutes to
check their smoke alarms and make sure everyone knows what to do when the
smoke alarm sounds.
    "So far this year, 24 people have died in fires in Ontario," said Burke.
"Many of these deaths could have been prevented if smoke alarms were present
and in working order."
    Working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan can provide early
warning of a fire and give you the precious seconds you need to get out
safely. Know two ways out of every room, if possible, and consider who will
assist small children, older adults and anyone else that may require
assistance.
    In fatal fires, people often die from smoke inhalation. Everyone in your
home must know that if they are caught in smoke, they should get low and go
under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.
    "Avoid a tragedy from happening to you and your family," said Burke.
"Make it a priority today to test the smoke alarms in your home and plan how
everyone will get out in the event of a fire."
    It's the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and
outside all sleeping areas. For best protection, install a smoke alarm in
every bedroom. Compliance with Fire Code smoke alarm requirements is the
responsibility of every homeowner. Tenants who do not have the required number
of smoke alarms to meet the requirements should contact their landlords
immediately.





For further information:

For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138 or Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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