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It's almost time to test those smoke alarms

Sept. 28 is Test Your Smike Alarm Day
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Fire Chief Brent Thomas is calling on all residents of BWG to test their smoke alarms on Sept. 28 as part of Test Your Smoke Alarm Day. Be prepared to be “Saved by the Beep” with a working smoke alarm – it is your best chance to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire

The Town of BWG is joining communities across Ontario on Sept. 28 by asking everyone to take a minute to ensure that there are working smoke alarms installed in their home.

“The ‘Saved by the Beep’ campaign is a vital initiative for the Town of BWG,” says Mayor James Leduc. “Reminding us of the critical importance of fire safety. Together, we can ensure that every home in our community is protected, one smoke alarm at a time.”

“Being prepared to act in the event of a fire can start by simply pressing the test button and having the confidence that a working smoke alarm is in your home,” says Brent Thomas, Fire Chief of the Towns of Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury. “Lives will be saved by regularly testing smoke alarms at least once a month, refreshing batteries at least once a year, and replacing smoke alarms older than 10 years.”

Last year, Ontario lost 133 people to deadly fires – the highest number in over 20 years. Many of these fires were found to have no working smoke alarm and stand as a reminder that only working smoke alarms will alert you to a fire and give you and your loved ones enough time to safely escape.

“In Ontario, we’ve seen a significant rise in fatal fires and the number of people we have lost in these fires is very concerning,” adds Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg. “Entire families have been lost to fire and the most troubling part is that the majority of these fires did not have a working smoke alarm in the home. Had there been working smoke alarms, and a well thought out and practiced home fire escape plan, these deaths may have been prevented.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), with the support of fire services and fire safety partners across Ontario, is asking Ontarians to regularly test their smoke alarms with a challenge to test all smoke alarms in their residence on September 28.

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