Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
41% of houses don’t follow provincial protocols
About 41% of residences visited by the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department’s get out alive program in 2018, weren’t in accordance with provincial standards for safety.
“We visited about 360 houses last year,” said Director of protection and Fire Chief Brian Wilson. “59.2% of the residences were in compliance with safety standards set by the province.”
These included dead batteries or defective CO2 or smoke alarms. In addition, some residences did not possess alarms on every floor.
“Those detectors are life-saving devices that are created to save lives and to give people the time to get to safety,” said the chief.
According to Wilson, any compliance rate under 60% isn’t too good. “We tell people about the importance of these devices,” said the Chief. “But overall, our compliance rate is better than the year before.” It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to verify the detectors’ compliance.
When asked why he believes so many residences don’t comply with fire safety regulations, Wilson points to the fact that “most people think they won’t have a fire,” he said.
There were 15 fires last year in Clarence-Rockland, one of which claimed the life of a resident. “In one of those cases, there was no smoke alarm in the building,” said Wilson.
Smoke alarms are mandatory on ever level of households since March 2006.