Many people think a fire will never happen to them. However, each year citizens continue to be injured or killed as the result of fires. Do you know what to do if a fire occurs in your home? Let us help you!
According to Hamilton Fire Chief David Cunliffe “If we are going to be successful in reducing the incidents of fire across the City then it is people’s behaviours and knowledge of fire safe practices in the home that must be addressed”.
The top two causes of fires in homes across the City are careless smoking and unattended cooking. These types of fires are caused by people’s behaviours and are clearly preventable. Operational smoke alarms in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code were found in only 48% of the homes that experienced a fire in 2016. Working smoke alarms will provide citizens with the earliest warning of a fire in their home and afford them the time necessary to safely evacuate their home. In 2016, seven of the eleven fatalities occurred in a home with no working smoke alarms.
This new Home Fire Safety Education program will see Hamilton firefighters go door to door and make direct contact with residents in their homes with a goal of raising public awareness of common home fire safety hazards and what preventative measures can be taken to reduce the number of home fires. Firefighters will discuss fire safety with respect to smoking and cooking (the two major causes of home fires) as well as home fire escape planning. Smoke alarms will be tested to ensure operability and when necessary, firefighters will provide and install the required number of smoke alarms and/or batteries, free of charge.
Home fire safety visits will take place Monday to Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For residents not at home at the time firefighters arrive, information will be left to have firefighters return at a more convenient time. These home fire safety educational visits will occur in all areas of the City by both career and volunteer firefighters.
For additional information on the new Home Fire Safety Education Program or other programs offered by the Hamilton Fire Department, please visit our website.