“Just The Facts” the topic of this year’s Fire Prevention Week in Burlington


Published October 4, 2022 at 2:05 pm

The Burlington Fire Department will be sharing plenty of fire safety tips during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 to 15.

“Just the Facts” events will be held at several locations in the city with an emphasis on the importance of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of having working alarms and checking them regularly and replacing their batteries twice a year,” said Karen Roche, Burlington Fire Chief.

“Fires grow quickly so you need all the time you can get, to get out of the house before your escape routes become blocked. Check your alarms and practice your escape plans. Please call the non-emergency line if you have questions. We’re more than happy to help.”

Fire officials will be at Canadian Tire at Millcroft Plaza, 2070 Appleby Line, throughout the week to help provide education and awareness about smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Members of the Fire Department will be in the store to answer questions and help shoppers pick the alarm that is best suited to their home.

A fire truck will also be outside of the store for photos and tours (unless called for duty) on Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon

The Fire Department will also be doing a story time at select Burlington Public Library branches. Members will be reading “No Dragons for Tea” to kids and available to answer any questions about fire safety or about being a Firefighter.

The events are:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, New Appleby Branch, 676 Appleby Line, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by truck tour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 13, Alton Village Branch, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by truck tour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Seating at both events is first come, first serve.

Here are a few other facts the department wants to share with Burlington residents:

  • The largest percentage of fire deaths in the home occurs at night while people are sleeping. Working smoke alarms provide early warning and time to escape.
  • Every home must have working smoke alarms on every level and outside all sleeping areas. It’s the law.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is the No, 1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America. CO alarms must be installed outside each sleeping area in all homes with fuel-burning appliances or heating systems, fireplaces, or attached garages.
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms expire after 10 years.
  • Fires can double in size every minute. Having a home fire escape plan is one of the most important things you can do for your family.
  • The Fire Department is here to help. Call us at 905-637-8207 or email questions to [email protected].
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