Smoke alarms a necessity of life

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - After the tragic fatalities of four people in
the last five days, Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke is urging all Ontarians to
install and check their smoke alarms.
    "It's the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey and
outside all sleeping areas," says Burke. "Smoke alarms are a necessity of life
because they provide occupants with an early warning to escape a fire."
    Tuesday morning, the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) attended a fatal
fire in Mississauga, Ontario. The OFM is currently investigating three other
fatal fires in the areas of Oshawa, Toronto and Parkhill.
    "This number of fatalities in just a short span of time is very
concerning," added Burke. "As these fires occurred in different cities across
the province, it demonstrates that fires can happen anywhere, at anytime and
people need to protect their families and homes."
    Investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal have not yet determined
the causes of the recent fires, nor whether the homes had any working smoke
    Working smoke alarms must be installed on every storey of the home and
outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm
requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $100,000.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138

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