We routinely inspect business and schools to ensure they comply with fire codes. We work closely with owners to ensure the safety of their staff and customers.
As part of the inspection process, we ensure that occupancies that require a fire safety plan have the necessary safety plans ready for use, approved and updated for our fire service.
Fire & Life Safety Education
Smoke Alarm Information & Maintenance
Most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you. Effective March 1, 2006, it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every story and outside all sleeping areas. This covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.
Choose the best alarm
There are two different types of smoke alarms to choose from. Ionization Smoke Alarm uses a small amount of radioactive material to ionize the air between two electrically charged plates, causing a measurable current to flow between plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it changes the flow of current, which is detected and activates the alarm. Photoelectric Smoke Alarm uses a light source that is aimed away from a sensor in a sensing chamber. When smoke enters the chamber it reflects the light onto the sensor, which is detected and activates the alarm. Smoke alarms can be electrically connected, battery operated, or both.
Where to install smoke alarms
Because smoke rises, it is recommended you place the alarms on the ceiling. Avoid ceilings near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows and ceiling fans. The smoke alarm should be installed between each sleeping area and the remainder of the building or where a sleeping area is served by a hallway, install the alarm in the hall. Always install the smoke alarm on or near the ceiling in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions
See more on smoke alarms here.
Test your smoke alarms regularly by pressing the test button on the device. Replace batteries regularly. Install a new battery in each alarm at least once a year. All battery-operated smoke alarms are required to emit a warning sound, usually an intermittent “chirp” when the battery power is low. When warning chirp sounds, replace your battery immediately. Never wait. Change your batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall. Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
Maintain your alarm
Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so gently vacuum alarms every six months using a soft brush. Never vacuum electrically connected alarms unless you shut off the power. Test your unit when finished cleaning. When installing, testing, and maintaining smoke alarms, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate on a moments notice. You should be ready to go fast. It is important for you and your family to create and practice an escape plan.
The following is a list of things to do when creating your escape plan:
- Draw a floor plan of your residence. Using a blue or black pen and a piece of graph paper, show the locations of doors, windows, stairways and larger furniture.
- Indicate the location of emergency supplies including your 72-Hour Survival Kit, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, collapsible ladders, first aid kits and utility shut off points.
- Use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from each room.
- Mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire.
- Be sure to include important points outside such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators, driveways and porches.
Download this image to help draw out your escape plan!
If your home has more than two floors use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least twice a year. This exercise was included in the York Region Emergency Preparedness Guide.
To obtain a copy call (905) 833-2800.
At King Fire, we put a lot of time and energy into our local school programs. We regularly take our fire safety trailer to local schools for grades 1-3. We assist in York Region Junior Fire day for grade 3 students. We run junior firefighter camp during the summer for school age children to get a hands on experience. We also regularly support several high school students to complete their co-op program at our King City Hall.
This mobile unit is used as an “all hazards" recognition trailer which educates our residents and their children on residential fire safety, such as; how to develop a fire escape plan, EDITH - Exit Drills In The Home, kitchen safety (preventing kitchen fires, burns and scald prevention), carbon monoxide and smoke alarm education, Stop, Drop, and Roll, and Learn how to "Get Out" and "Stay Out". This interactive trailer plays a significant role in supporting public education programs, attending our local grade schools, as well as public education events such as Victoria Day in Nobleton and the Schomberg Spring Fair.
By request our Fire Prevention staff offer hands on fire extinguisher training.
Please contact: 905-833-2800