2021 virtual home smoke alarm campaign

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Waterloo Fire Rescue - 2021 virtual home smoke alarm campaign kicks off

(Waterloo, Ontario – June  2021) The summer season is here and we are launching our 2021 virtual home smoke alarm program.

Prior to COVID, our firefighters would visit 4500 homes in Waterloo every summer and educate residents on home fire and life safety. This year we cannot visit in-person; however we can offer many resources to keep you and your loved ones safe from fire.

In 2020, 114 people in Ontario died in fires. This represents a 35 per cent increase over a 10-year period. This year as of May 19 there has been 54 deaths in Ontario. “We have to take fire safety in the home seriously while we are staying home more due to COVID,” says Waterloo Fire Chief Richard Hepditch. “You need to ensure you have working and non-expired smoke alarms and practice a fire drill at home with your loved ones with at least two ways out”.

In June, the top ignition sources of fires were:

  1. Cooking equipment
  2. Barbecues
  3. Smoking
  4. Electrical fires

Learn more at the links below: Find videos and other safety information virtually online and learn how to prepare and protect your family from the hazards and often tragic outcomes of fire.

Be Careful. Be Safety Smart. Be Safe.

For more information about fire safety, please visit our KwNow Business and Educational Listing at: https://kwnow.ca/cdps/cditem.cfm?nid=16765

Or our Waterloo Fire Rescue website at www.waterloo.ca/fire. Or our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Waterloo_Fire

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