KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario Fire Marshall is asking residents to check their alarms after a tragic start to the month of December.
Jon Pegg says eight lives were lost in the first six days of December due to fires across the province.
“I want to bring your attention to a very staggering figure,” Pegg says in a video posted to Twitter. “As we enter the holiday season we have got to get serious about fire safety and protect our loved ones. I’m asking everyone to check their smoke alarms today.”
Pegg suggests residents call family, friends and neighbours and make sure they are checking their smoke/co alarms. If they are unable to do it, give them a hand or call your local fire department. Discuss home escape plans with the family and friends and if you don’t have a plan, make one today.
“Fires cause confusion for those inside when they occur, so everyone needs to know what to do in the event of a fire before it happens. Let’s have an amazing and safe holiday season across Ontario and that needs to start with fire safety.”
Here are a few more tips to help keep you safe this Christmas.