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Fire Prevention Week: Get Loud! and “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”

September 27, 2021

Fire Chief John Okum is challenging everyone in North Grenville to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and “Get Loud!” as part of Fire Prevention Week 2021

North Grenville, ON - Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3 – 9, 2021 and the North Grenville Fire Service is urging everyone in North Grenville to Get Loud! and “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”.

By law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Unfortunately, too often, fatal fires in Ontario occur in homes where there were no working smoke alarms.

Do you know what your smoke alarm is telling you with those beeps? Chief Okum is challenging you to “Get Loud!” and push the test button on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month to learn the sound alarms make.

“Knowing the different sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make can save you, your loved ones, and your home. Get Loud! by testing your alarms every month to learn the sound they make and to ensure the batteries work,” said North Grenville Fire Chief John Okum.

Testing alarms produces a beep, the sound of alarms in an emergency. Replace the batteries if the alarms do not sound when the test button is pushed. If the alarms still don’t sound, replace the 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.

“Take immediate action if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms sound. If the alarms beep in an emergency, get everyone out of the home. If your alarms chirp, replace the batteries or alarms immediately,” added Chief Okum.

Stay safe and check your alarms.

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Fire Prevention Week Events: October 3 – 9, 2021

Monday, October 4 (6 – 8pm): Outdoor Fire Prevention Launch at Station #1 (259 CR44). Come meet your North Grenville Firefighters, see the firetrucks, and spray some water.  There will be a ladder truck presentation and a portable fire extinguisher challenge.  Visit the fire prevention table for some fire safety information and say hello to Sparky.

Thursday October 7 (7:00pm): Volunteer Firefighter Information Night (Station #1 - 259 CR44). 

Friday October 8th (4-6 pm): “Fill the Boot campaign” to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Firefighters will be passing the boot at Station #1 and other locations around town to collect donations as part of this 65-year-old Firefighter tradition.

In addition, the “Win a Ride to School in a Firetruck” contest will run all week for Grade 4 students in North Grenville. Ballots were delivered to the schools. Parents should check their Grade 4’s backpack for the entry form. 

For more Information Contact:

Shannon Armitage
Fire Prevention Officer, North Grenville Fire Service
613-258-9569 ext. 205