Ontario Marks Fire Prevention Week

Published on October 02, 2021

 

Province issues public challenge to “Get Loud” by testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

October 01, 2021
Ministry of the Solicitor General

 
     
 

TORONTO — Ontario’s Fire Marshal is encouraging Ontarians to make Fire Prevention Week 2021 a noisy but safe one. The theme for the annual safety week, which runs October 3 to 9, is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” and the province is issuing a challenge to the public to “Get Loud” to ensure everyone has working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.

“Testing your alarms is the only way to ensure they are working properly and keep you and your family alerted in the event of a fire,” said Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg. “Get to know the sounds your alarms make. If the alarm doesn’t sound, install a new battery. If the alarm still doesn’t sound, replace the alarm with a new, certified one.”

By law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Too often, fatal fires in the province occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. In 2019, over a third of residential cases of fire resulting in loss of life, injury, or property damage had either a non-functioning smoke alarm or no alarm.

“When it comes to fire safety in your home, the most important action you can take to help protect yourself and your family is to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and test them regularly,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “Fire Prevention Week serves as an excellent reminder to make some noise and test your alarms to ensure they are working properly. I encourage everyone to “Get Loud” to keep safe.”

 
     
 

Quick Facts

  • Fire Prevention Week is proclaimed annually by the Governor General and was first recognized in Canada in 1923. It was first established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
  • The “Get Loud!” campaign is focused on educating Ontarians to recognize the different sounds smoke or carbon monoxide alarms make and identify if they need new batteries or the alarms need to be replaced.