Oakville family owes lives to working smoke alarms

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville family owes lives to working smoke alarms

Are your smoke alarms working? An Oakville family, who survived unscathed after their home went up in flames on Monday, believes that their smoke alarms saved their lives. Two members of the McManus family were in the house at the time of the blaze, but awoke to alarms and fled to safety as the fire spread through their home near Upper Middle Road West and McCraney Street.

“When Oakville Fire arrived on the scene, flames and smoke were already pouring from the building’s roof,” said Oakville Fire Chief Lee Grant. “Working smoke detectors helped avert tragedy in this case, emphasizing why the Oakville Fire department continually encourages homeowners to check and maintain their smoke alarms.”

Working smoke alarms provide the early warning of fire so that people have those extra seconds needed to escape. It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Yet, all too often the fire services from across the country respond to fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

Resident Julia Ann McManus told Oakville Fire that she believes the smoke alarms in their home saved her life and the life of her son on Monday night, as their street is typically quiet in the early hours of the morning when the fire broke out, with limited traffic and no neighbours awake to raise the alarm.

Through educational events such as the Fire Prevention Week Kick Off taking place on September 22, the Oakville Fire department stresses the importance of having working smoke alarms, testing them regularly and having a fire escape plan for the entire family.

For more tips on general fire safety and information on how to install and maintain your smoke alarms, please visit the fire safety and guidelines page.


For more information

Michael Harrison
Public Education/Special Project Officer
Oakville Fire Department
905-845-6601, ext. 3602

Emma Murphy 
Senior Communications Advisor 
Strategy, Policy and Communications 
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Oakville family owes lives to working smoke alarms