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Thursday June 27th, 2013

Posted at 6:52pm

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Fire Chief Bruce Montone speaks to the media at an event to recognize smoke alarm install volunteers this afternoon

Windsor Firefighters visited 5000 homes over the past six weeks and have provided more than a thousand free smoke alarms to citizens as part of a safety blitz that ended this week.

Firefighters installed 1400 smoke alarms out of the 5000 houses they visited after stats in 2011 showed that 43% of Windsorites didn’t have working smoke alarms.

A working smoke alarm on every level of a residence is required under Ontario law.

In 2012 the number of fires in Windsor rose a shocking 75%, to 252, over 2007 where there were 144 significant fires.

In February of this year, 30-year-old Martin Bossom died after a fire on Thornberry Crescent. There were no working smoke alarms in Bossom’s home.

The safety blitz — called “Wake Up Windsor” — has ended for now, but will be returning in September. The free smoke alarms were provided through a grant by Rotary Windsor-Essex and the Do Good Divas.

Fire officials say that if you need help with getting a working smoke alarm, help is available before the fall. Just call 311!

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