Fire Chief Colin Shewell is challenging everyone in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and “Get Loud!” as part of Fire Prevention Week
Glencoe, October 1, 2021- Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3-9 and the Southwest Middlesex Fire Department is urging everyone in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex 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 however, too often fatal fires in Ontario occur in homes where there were no working smoke alarms.
Do you know what your smoke alarm is telling you with those beeps? Fire Chief Colin Shewell is challenging you to “Get Loud!” and push the test button on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month to learn the sound alarms make.
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.
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.
“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.”
“Take immediate action if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms sound. If the alarms beep in an emergency get everyone out of the home. If your alarms chirp, replace the batteries or alarms immediately.”
— Fire Chief Colin Shewell
Southwest Middlesex Fire Department is working with our partners, the Ontario Fire Marshal to promote a fire safe community everyday and especially during Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Chief Colin Shewell, @email 519-521-7850