Fire Chief urges residents to install smoke alarms and practice home fire escape plans

  • Change your clocks, Change your batteries.


    As this weekend’s time change approaches, North Bay Fire & Emergency Services reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives – ‘Change the Batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.’  “Replacing smoke and CO alarm batteries and testing alarms monthly are two of the simplest, most effective ways to ensure the safety of your family,” stated Fire Prevention Officer Sheri Korn.   Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes where there are no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are required on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.  Likewise, carbon monoxide alarms are required outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

    While changing the batteries, check for the age of each alarm; smoke and carbon monoxide alarms don’t last forever.  Look for the manufacturer’s expiration date on the back or side of the alarm. Typically, smoke alarms (battery operated and hardwired) should be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide alarms every 7 years.

    Tonight when you go home, take an inventory of how many batteries you will require.  Note that some smoke and CO alarm manufacturer’s recommend specific brands of batteries; if possible, avoid inexpensive brands.  Landlords are required by law to install, maintain and test alarms at least annually and whenever there is a change in tenancy. Failure to maintain smoke and CO alarms as well as tampering with or removing the batteries is a violation of the Ontario Fire Code and can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.  Needless, tragic fires continue to happen in our province.  Fines and tickets are a minor deterrent compared to an alternative outcome, maintain your smoke and CO alarms like your life depends on it….because it does!

  • Fire Chief urges residents to install smoke alarms and practice home fire escape plans

    North Bay, ON – February 17, 2017 – In the wake of a fatal fire in Brampton, Ont. on Tuesday, February 14, the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home. 


    It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire in Brampton.


    “Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief Jason Whiteley. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”


    Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs.


    “We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in North Bay,” continued Chief Whiteley.


    Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:

    • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.  
    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. 
    • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.


    Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

    • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible. 
    • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use. 
    • If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
    • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for. 
    • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.
    • Practice your home fire escape plan.
    • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.


    For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:

    • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
    • Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
    • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

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    Effective January 1, 2015 the urban portion of North Bay will be allowed to burn with a permit.  

    Please see the Burning Permits and By-Laws section for more details.