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Kingston Fire and Rescue launches “Wake Up Kingston” a Residential Smoke Alarm Program
May 31, 2013 -
Kingston Fire & Rescue is launching a new program, that will see firefighters go door to door in selected neighborhoods to check smoke alarms and help residents understand the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes. If a home is missing smoke alarm or has a smoke alarm that needs a new battery firefighters will replace them at no cost to the resident. The program titled "Wake Up Kingston" will take place this summer and early fall.
"Some homes in Kingston unfortunately still only have a smoke alarm near sleeping areas or no working smoke alarms at all," says Fire Chief Rhéaume Chaput. "The program will ensure that homes we check are safe and meet the minimum requirements for smoke alarms which include having one on every storey of your home."
This program has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from TAS Alarm Systems and Falcon Security. The donation allows Kingston Fire & Rescue to run the program so there is no cost to the taxpayer for the smoke alarms and batteries.
Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. According to the Ontario Fire Marshals' office, working smoke alarms improve your chance of surviving a residential fire by 50 per cent. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
"Smoke alarms detect and alert people to fire in its early stages, giving people the time needed to escape safely," says Chaput "That's why it's so important for every home to have working smoke alarms on every storey and to practice a home escape drill."
Residents with questions and/or concerns about the program or fire safety in general may contact Kingston Fire & Rescue at email@example.com or (613) 548-4001 ext 5123.
Visit www.cityofkingston.ca/fire for more information and tips on fire safety.
For more information contact:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.