North Bay Fire and Emergency Services is urging everyone to check and ensure they have working smoke alarms on every story of their home and outside of all sleeping areas.
This after a fire in Hamilton last week that took the lives of 2 eight-year-old children and 2 adults.
Investigators have found that there were no working smoke alarms in the residence.
“People cannot be complacent about fire safety,” says Fire Chief Jason Whiteley. ”In the winter months we see twice as many fires occurring compared to the summer months. Smoke alarms save lives. It is the law that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of each sleeping area.”
133 people died in fires in Ontario last year, making it the worst year for fire deaths in decades.
Whiteley also says to have an escape plan, in case of fire, and practise it.