Residents encouraged to test smoke alarms monthly

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

Ottawa Fire Services wants to remind residents that it’s the law to have a working smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and on every storey of the home.

In one out of three fatal home fires, there is no working smoke alarm. That’s why, during Fire Prevention Week in Ottawa, which takes place October 5 to 11, Ottawa Fire Services encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms and to make plans to test them again every month.

Residents are also reminded to:

  • Change the batteries once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.

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Fire prevention officers will be out in the community throughout the week, including at display tables at various schools, retirement residences and workplaces. They will also read stories in select branches of the Ottawa Public Library. For a complete list of Fire Prevention Week activities, please visit



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