Fire prompts prevention tips

A home fire this week has sparked the Barrie Fire & Emergency Service to issue a reminder about the importance of having smoke detectors in good working order installed in appropriate locations.
A fire at a home on Cox Mill Road, Tuesday morning, could have been much worse had it occurred when residents were asleep, says the service in a release. It’s believed that “smoking and home oxygen could have been contributing” factors in the fire. Occupants were awake at the time, the service reports.
Charges under the Provincial Offences Act are pending with investigators confirming “that there were no working smoke alarms at the time of this fire.” The service has a zero-tolerance approach to smoke alarms. Last month, charges were laid after a fire on Blake Street proved fatal.
“There is no excuse not to have smoke alarms installed and operating,” says Fire Chief John Lynn. “Homeowners and landlords who are found to be negligent in providing and maintaining smoke alarms will be ticketed or charged under the Provincial Offences Act, as will tenants who intentionally disable them.”
The service offers the following tips to prevent fires:
• Prevention: Check your home for fire hazards and eliminate them. Most home fires are still caused by careless cooking, smoking and candle use.
• Detection: Working smoke alarms are so important it is the law to have them on every story of your home and outside sleeping areas.
• Escape: Plan your escape with two ways out of every room. Practice your fire plan, and pick a meeting place in front of your home. Once out, stay out.

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