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Kingston Fire and Rescue launches "Wake Up Kingston" residential smoke alarm program

July 5, 2016 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue is launching "Wake Up Kingston" annual smoke alarm awareness program. Firefighters will be out in selected neighborhoods going door-to-door in to check smoke alarms to reinforce the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes. 

If firefighters find a home is missing smoke alarm, or has a smoke alarm that needs a new battery, it will be replaced courtesy of Kingston Fire & Rescue. "Wake Up Kingston" will take place throughout the summer and early fall, 2016.

"Unfortunately some homes in Kingston are not adequately equipped with smoke alarms or have no working smoke alarms at all," says Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong. "The program will raise awareness and ensure that homes we check are safe and meet the legislative requirements for smoke alarms. This requirement includes having one smoke alarm installed on every storey of your home."

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 Armstrong "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 fireprevention@cityofkingston.ca or 613-548-4001 ext. 5123.

Visit www.cityofkingston.ca/fire for more information and tips on fire safety.

About the City of Kingston

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For more information contact:

Paul Patry, chief fire prevention officer, Kingston Fire & Rescue at 613-548-4001 ext. 5127 or call the City media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.