Firefighters Install 1400 Free Smoke Alarms After 6-Week Blitz
Thursday June 27th, 2013
Posted at 6:52pm
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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!