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Program aims to engage residents in conversations about home fire safety

Severn's Fire Prevention Officer will be visiting properties in Coldwater during the week of July 24 to 28 to talk about the importance of replacing your old smoke alarms, and to remind residents to check for working alarms at least once a month.

Severn Fire and Emergency Services recommends that you install new smoke alarms at least every ten years. Smoke alarms start to become less reliable after that time due to environmental factors and the accumulation of dust that can desensitize the sensors that allow the alarm to detect smoke and heat. 

"For smoke alarms to do their job, they need to have been installed no longer than 10 years previously. Wired or wireless, all alarms lose their effectiveness ten years from the date of manufacture. Working smoke alarms are a critical tool that can help you and your family escape a fire and survive."

—Jake Hawkins, Fire Prevention Officer

A reminder that by law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every level and outside all sleeping areas. All too often fatal fires in Ontario occur in homes where there were no working smoke alarms. Testing your alarms is the only way to ensure they are working and that you and your family can be alerted in the event of a fire. Replace them at least every ten years, test them regularly, and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice per year.

Please contact Severn's Fire Prevention Officer to request further fire safety information, or to book a presentation or visit with your school, business, or group event. 

Staff contact

Jake Hawkins
Fire Prevention Officer
Phone: 705-325-2315 x248
Email Jake

Media contact

Tracy Roxborough
Communications Officer
Phone: 705-325-2315 x249
Email Tracy

About Severn Fire and Emergency Services

Township of Severn Fire and Emergency Services department provides a range of fire and emergency services to protect life, property, and the environment. We do this through education, prevention, investigation, training, rescue, fire suppression, and basic life support services. Severn fire department relies on trained members from throughout our community who serve as volunteer firefighters.