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2007, OFFICE OF THE FIRE MARSHALL / CITY OF MISSISSAUGA You can prevent a tragedy - Some information about smoke alarms



Some tips/information about smoke alarms.


1- Smoke alarms save lives, but don't forget it needs to be a working one.

2 - There are several types of smoke alarms with different features and applications.  Choose the right one.

3 - They must be installed on each storey of your house as well as outside sleeping areas.  Install them on the ceiling or high up on a wall.

4 - Test your alarms monthly.

5 - Don't forget to change the batteries once a year.

6 - Vacuum your alarms annually.  Dust can clog them.

7 - Smoke alarms don't  last forever.  If yours are more than 10 years or if they were already in the house when you moved in, it's better to replace them with new ones.

8 - Create an escape plan and practice it. 


If you want to read more about this, you can go the the website of of Office Fire Marshall:


or contact the Local Fire Department.


To learn what to do to manage a nuisance alarm, please follow this link to the Office of the Fire Marshall/Ontario:




Safeguard your home


Here are some tips:


1) Replace your smoke alarms every 5 years.  Even with proper maintenance, which includes battery changes, cleaning, etc., all smoke alarms are no longer guaranteed to function properly after 5 years.  Replace your old smoke alarm.


2) There are 2 types of sensors for smoke alarms:  ionization and photoelectric.  You need both types in your home.  Ionization smoke alarms respond to fast-flaming fires.  Photoelectric respond to slow, smoldering fires.  Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping are and on each level of your home.


3) Regular cleaning and replacing of dryer ducting is highly recommended.  Lint build-up can be a fire hazard.  Do not use vinyl ducting for clothes dryer venting.


4) Be sure to inspect your chimney regularly.  Cleaning it may reduce the risk of having a chimney fire.


5) Have an emergency escape plan that each family member is aware of and practise it.


6) Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms should be placed on every level of your home.  CO is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas, but it can be deadly.


7) You should have fire extinghishers in your home.  Learn how to use them and make sure they are fully charged by checking the gauge regularly.


8) Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm and CO alarm every year.  As an easy reminder, replace your batteries when you turn back your clocks for daylight savings.  Test the batteries once a month (by pushing the button on the unit).


9) Never remove the battery of your smoke alarms for any reason.


10) Know your fire department's phone number.


11) Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.


12) Don't overload the electrical outlets.


13) Never barbecue inside.


14) Never leave grease cooking unattended.  Clean grease from burner pans and stove top regularly.



Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Helps to Make Mississauga Homes Safer With the Make It Stop Program


Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services wants to improve public fire safety by supporting Make It Stop, the new provincial campaign developed by the Office of the Fire Marshal.  This program is designed to educate Ontarians about nuisance alarm solutions, smoke alarm technologies, home fire escape plans and the importance of working smoke alarms.


"Smoke alarms have to be in working order to do their job," said Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Brian Walsh.  "Often occupants will disable smoke alarms because the alarm has sounded when they are cooking, making toast or after using the shower.  These are called nuisance alarms," said Walsh.  "Working smoke alarms give residents the precious seconds they need to escape a fire and maintaining them in working condition is the law."


The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every level of Ontario homes.  Homeowners without the required number of working smoke alarms are subject to tickets or prosecutions resulting in fines from $235 up to $50,000.  Statistics from the Ontario Fire Marshal's office reveal that in 50 per cent of fatal, preventable home fires, the victims had no smoke alarm warning.


Disabling smoke alarms is against the law.  To reduce the number of nuisance alarms in the home, try the following tips:


  • keep ovens and stovetop burners clean;
  • clean out crumbs in the bottom of toasters and turn down the timer setting;
  • use range hood fans when cooking to help remove steam and burning particles from the air;
  • use bathroom fans and keep the door closed to remove steam when showering or bathing;
  • replace "ionization" type alarms that use electric current to detect smoke in the kitchen with "photoelectric" type alarms that use a light source and are less prone to false alarms during cooking;
  • install smoke alarms with a "hush" feature;
  • maintain your smoke alarms by testing monthly and vacuuming annually;
  • replace smoke alarms every 10 years and
  • try moving the smoke alarm to a less sensitive location

For more information, visit or call the Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Public Education office at 905-896-5908.


Source:  City of Mississauga, Feb.09/2007






You can prevent a tragedy.  Replace the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm.

The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every level of Ontario homes.  It is the law!

 Be Safe!  Stay Alive!


Have you replaced your smoke alarm batteries yet?


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