Newmarket, Ontario, June 7, 2018 – Central York Fire Services (CYFS) is proud to launch their sixth annual Stay Fire Smart campaign. Fire crews will visit neighbourhoods in Newmarket and Aurora during the summer months to educate residents on home escape plans and to remind them that it is the law to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes. The campaign will run from June to October.
Fire crews will travel door-to-door handing out information, engaging with residents about how to best be prepared in case of an emergency, and provide them with the option of receiving a free home inspection. Firefighters will emphasize the importance of developing and practising a home escape plan, having a 72-hour emergency kit, having working smoke alarms on every storey, and a working carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas of a residence.
"The Stay Fire Smart campaign is a free public service for all residents in Newmarket and Aurora. Our goal is to reach out to each household and ensure people are proactive and prepared in case of a fire," says CYFS Fire Chief Ian Laing. "We are engaging the public by going door-to-door with important fire safety and prevention messages, inviting them to ask questions, and giving them the opportunity to get free assistance with smoke alarm installation, if needed."
The Stay Fire Smart campaign began in the summer of 2013 with the goal of visiting every home in Newmarket and Aurora over a five year period. In 2017, CYFS reached their goal by visiting every residence in Newmarket and Aurora, approximately 44,000 homes.
New this year, CYFS will be introducing electronic tablets and the Stay Fire Smart app to the campaign. This technology will further advance the existing program by allowing CYFS to collect data to track the success of their efforts.
In addition to the fire crews, designated Smoke Alarm Students will visit homes upon request to check batteries, replace smoke alarms and answer questions for residents who may require assistance. Smoke Alarm Students can be contacted by calling 905-895-9222 and will be out in the community throughout the summer beginning June 18. Last year, CYFS visited approximately 7,934 homes and the students received approximately 294 requests from residents who required assistance with their smoke alarms.
Some of the important messages the fire crews will be delivering to the public include:
Home escape planning:
- Develop and practise your home escape plan with every person in your household
- Choose a common meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home, to make sure everyone is accounted for
- Get out and stay out. Never re-enter a burning building, call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or a neighbour's phone
Smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide alarm safety:
- Confirm smoke alarms are installed on every storey in the home – it's the law
- Change the batteries in each smoke alarm once a year or whenever the low battery warning sounds
- Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure the batteries are still good and the alarm is working
- Ensure carbon monoxide alarms are installed outside all sleeping areas
Central York Fire Services is a consolidated fire department that provides fire protection to the Towns of Newmarket and Aurora. For more information on Central York Fires Services, please visit cyfs.ca