It is simple: smoke alarms save lives. We cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that your smoke alarms are in working order. As a guide, you should test your smoke alarms once every month to ensure there are no issues or defects. Guelph’s Fire Code states that each residential dwelling must have smoke alarms on all levels of the unit and outside every sleeping area. Landlord, tenants and home owners each have responsibilities when it comes to smoke alarms. Do you know what your responsibilities are?
Homeowners are responsible for the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms. These alarms must meet the requirements of the Fire Code.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure each rental property conforms to the minimum Fire Code requirements. Zoning and Building regulations must also be followed. To ensure tenants understand their responsibilities and duties, landlords must provide their occupants instructions on how to test and maintain the alarms within their occupied dwelling.
And lastly, tenants are required to inform their landlords if any issues occur with the smoke alarms. Tenants are also responsible for ensuring that the batteries are not removed from the smoke alarms and that the alarms are not disconnected in any circumstance.
The Guelph Fire Department is promoting “Pushing The Button” beginning Monday, February 24th in hopes that all Guelph residents will test their smoke alarms to ensure they are all in working order. We are encouraging everyone to test their smoke alarms and are stressing the importance of notifying your landlord immediately if any alarms are not functioning.
Read the City of Guelph’s article below:
“Guelph, On, February 19, 2014 – The Guelph Fire Department is partnering with TVOKids and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management to raise awareness about the importance of early fire detection at home.
During the two week spring campaign—“Push the Button!”—families are encouraged to test the smoke alarms in their homes beginning February 24.
“Kids love pushing the button to hear if an alarm is working and this fun exercise provides an opportunity for parents to talk about fire safety in the home with their family,” says Kim Hodgson, chief fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department, adding, “Our goal is to have as many smoke alarms tested in Guelph homes as possible during the campaign.”
In Ontario, the Fire Code requires all single family, semi-detached and town homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey of the residence and outside all sleeping areas.
To make sure the alarms are working, push the test button for 10 seconds. If the alarm doesn’t sound, the battery or smoke alarm may need to be replaced.
“It’s very important that each home has working smoke alarms because they are the first line of defence in alerting everyone in the home there is a fire,” says Hodgson.
Once the smoke alarms have been tested, families can visit TVOKids.com and enter the number of smoke alarms tested at home. The number will be added to the “Push the Button!” counter.
The “Push the Button!” campaign runs until March 9.
Visit guelph.ca/fire for more fire safety information.”