Early warning devices like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms can save lives should fire strike in the home. Fire extinguishers and fire sprinkler systems can help reduce damage prior to the arrival of the fire department.
All fire safety equipment must be checked on a regular basis to ensure that it is serviceable.
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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives!
Carbon Monoxide Alarm By-Law
After a tragedy to a Woodbridge family of four who died in their sleep due to carbon monoxide poisoning, Mattawa town council recommended that the Town of Mattawa draft a By-Law requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in residential buildings in order to reduce the health risks to our citizens.
In 2011, the town of Mattawa passed By-Law 10-29 which is a carbon monoxide alarm By-Law, requiring the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in all residential occupancies containing fuel fired appliances and/or having attached garage(s).
In 2013, the Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Safety) was passed by the Ontario government which was an act to amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 to provide safety requirements related to the presence of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide on premises.
Install Smoke Alarms
Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Often, victims never wake up. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape.