Residents reminded that seasonal homes and recreational vehicles must have working smoke alarms

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – for immediate release

Residents reminded that seasonal homes and recreational vehicles must have working smoke alarms

Two men died in separate trailer fires in Ontario recently and the Office of the Fire Marshal has confirmed that no working smoke alarms were recovered from either trailer. In light of these tragedies, the Oakville Fire department is reminding everyone that it’s the law for every ‘dwelling unit’ in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas — including trailer homes, motor homes, boats and other recreational vehicles (RV).

“Fires in these types of seasonal homes can spread incredibly fast,” explained Michael Harrison, public education officer with the Oakville Fire department. “Smoke alarms can alert you and offer you and your family the precious time needed to safely escape a fire. We strongly recommend that these vehicles be equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm as well.”

While many new trailer and RV models may already meet the construction standard requiring working smoke alarms, older models may not be equipped or properly maintained.  Smoke alarms should be tested before sleeping in any of these seasonal homes and then monthly and after any absence of more than a few days. Smoke alarms more than 10 years old should be replaced.

Failure to comply with the applicable Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $100,000.

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For more information contact:

Michael Harrison
Public Education/Special Projects Officer
Fire Prevention Division
Oakville Fire Department
905-845-6601, ext. 3602 
mharrison@oakville.ca 


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Residents reminded that seasonal homes and recreational vehicles must have working smoke alarms