Fire Safety Awareness Should Not Take a Vacation

For immediate release: July 29, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON - Summer time is when we typically try to get away from the day to day routine and take a break from it all. Unfortunately fire never takes a vacation and we must remain prepared to deal with it and also try to prevent it every day. The Burlington Fire Department is reminding everyone to remember some simple tips to ensure they enjoy a safe summer.

Smoke Alarms at the Cottage

  • Cottages are residential dwellings that also require smoke alarms adjacent to every sleeping area and on every level.
  • Ensure the smoke alarms are tested every time you return to open the cottage in the spring and after being away from the cottage during the season. The alarm’s battery may have died while there was no one there to hear the low battery warning.
  • If you are renting a cottage, bring some spare batteries and even a spare smoke alarms just in case the owner has not provided or maintained the alarms.

Check Your Exits

  • When staying at a hotel or in an unfamiliar home or cottage, look for emergency exits and plan at least 2 ways out.
  • Hotels should have emergency exit maps posted on the inside of the room doors but you should walk the hall to confirm the locations of the exits and check to see where the exits lead to.

Emergency Numbers

  • Check to see what the local emergency telephone numbers are for areas that you are visiting for the first time. Not all areas are serviced by a 911 system.
  • Know the address of the location you are staying at and check to see if you need to provide a specific rural emergency address when calling for emergency assistance.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Carbon monoxide can accumulate inside buildings, even in the summer months. Cottages can be even more susceptible to carbon monoxide problems due to older appliances that do not receive the same level of maintenance that appliances at home would.

Campfire Pits and Outdoor Burning Devices

  • It is important to note that open air burning is prohibited in all areas by the Ontario Fire Code, unless approved by the local authority. Contact the local fire department to determine the rules for open fires specific to the area. Persons failing to comply with the Fire Code are subject to prosecution with a maximum fine of $50,000.00.
  • The fire code now permits the use of natural gas and propane operated fire pits in all areas but consultation with the local fire department is still recommended.

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Communications Contact:
Victoria Miecznikowski
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600 ext. 7835
Fax. 905-632-9082

Media Contact:
Ben Rotsma
Prevention Officer
Tel. 905-971-4949
Fax. 905-333-1570

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