Municipality of Central Elgin - February 16, 2017 In the wake of a fatal fire in
Brampton, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Municipality of Central Elgin fire
department wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke
alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced
a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.
It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire
“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial
to survival,” says Fire Chief Chris McDonough. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working
smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added
protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm
in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”
Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your
home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. “We want to make sure
these types of tragedies do not happen in Central Elgin,” continued Chief McDonough.
Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home.
For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s
- Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning
appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon
monoxide alarm on every story of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to
Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
- Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.
- All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
- If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household
that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for
helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can
be accounted for.
- Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s
- Practice your home fire escape plan.
- Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:
- Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
- Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire
safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
- Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.
For more information, contact:
Director of Fire Rescue Services/Fire Chief
Office: (519) 631- 4860 Ext. 249