Fire safety begins at home: Cain




Small time commitment to ensure your home is fire safe

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Big city or small town, professional or volunteer, firefighters are there to put out fires and save lives. They are heroes in times of emergency.

While the men and women in uniform are there to knock down fires and pull people to safety, more everyday heroes are needed to prevent those fires from occurring in the first place.

“People spend more time sorting through garbage, separating the plastic and the paper, than they do on making sure their home is fire safe,” said Mike Cain, fire chief for the Town of Grimsby. “The fact remains that most fatal fires occur in the home. And we can’t stress the message enough that fire safety really begins with you.”

Having smoke alarms on all levels of the home and outside sleeping areas is the law. But those devices are useless if they are not maintained, said Cain, noting it takes two seconds to test the battery on the units.

“How hard is it, while you’re cleaning your home, to reach up and push the button?” asked Cain.

But many don’t take the time and it is up to the fire departments to remind the public to be vigilant in protecting themselves and their property from fire. This week is Fire Prevention Week and the theme is “2 Ways Out”, reminding the public how important it is to have a fire escape plan with more than one exit point.

“If you have a home escape plan, and you practice that escape plan, it will allow you to remain calm in the event of an emergency,” said Cain noting escape plans require an overall assessment of the home, working smoke alarms as mandated by law, identifying all exits and making sure everyone in the home knows what to do should that alarm sound. “Practise it. Engage your family in the planning. It’s like studying for a test. You study, you do well,” added Cain.

On Sept. 30 the fire department opened its doors for its annual fire prevention open house. Visitors to the fire hall were able to sharpen their fire safety skills learning about fire escape plans, smoke alarms and a visual presentation by the fire department which shows how fast a fire can spread. The department uses a fire cell to show the public how fast flames can tear through a home reminding them how important it is to have an evacuation plan and working smoke alarms.

“There’s a certain fallacy that a fire will wake you up,” said Cain. “In many cases, as carbon monoxide is released it will put people in a deeper state of sleep. Having a properly working smoking alarm is your only chance.”

Fire damage in Grimsby has topped $1 million so far this year, said Cain, noting most of the damage has been caused by carelessly discarded smoker’s material.

This past year has also seen the first fatal fire in many years in Grimsby, said Cain. A smouldering fire at a Ridge Road home last month killed an elderly couple in their nineties. While the investigation into the fire continues, Cain said it was likely smoke inhalation that killed Ronald and Margaret Moyer. Cain said a small fire, not visible from outside the home, had been smouldering for hours letting off all kinds of toxins into the air.

“A smouldering fire gives off a cocktail of chemicals including carbon monoxide,” said Cain. “Smoke alarms are designed to detect those fires and notify the residents so that they can get out safely.

“It is your best, single bet to protecting you and your family.”




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