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The Wawa Volunteer Fire Department is committed to keeping our community and its residents safe. To make an appointment regarding carbon monoxide, smoke alarms, home escape plans, or any other fire related prevention and education programs, email our Fire Chief or call 750-856-2244 Ext. 228.

Fire Prevention and Education topics

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide, also known as The Silent Killer. No colour, No Odour, No Taste

Common sources of Carbon Monoxide:

Picture of a house where carbon monoxide detectors are located
  • Furnace
  • Water Heaters
  • Dryers
  • BBQ
  • Stove
  • Car
  • Fuel Fired Fireplace
  • Blocked Vents or Chimneys
  • Portable Fuel Fired Generator

Ensure Carbon Monoxide detectors are installed outside all sleeping areas

For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of the home.

Know the sound of your carbon monoxide alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don't be confused by the sound of your CO alarm's low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer's instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home

Source: Office of the Fire Marshal

Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking left unattended is a leading cause of home fires in Ontario.

  • To prevent cooking fires you must be alert.
  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking
  • Keep anything that burns a safe distance from the stove

Source: Office of the Fire Marshal

Fire Extinguishers

The best thing to do in a home fire is to get everyone out of the home immediately and call 911.

Considering purchasing a fire extinguisher with an ABC rating. This can be used for most types of fires. However there are 5 classes of Fire extinguishers;

  • fire extinguisher classesClass A - These extinguishers typically use water or certain types of dry chemicals to either absorb heat or coat the fire.
  • Class B - This is the type of extinguisher you'll want to use on a fire caused by oil or fuel.
  • Class C – These are effective against electrical fires from live wires, panels, and circuit breakers.
  • Class D – These are used on combustible metals. These include magnesium, sodium, aluminum, and titanium.
  • Class K - Commonly used in restaurant kitchens, class K fire extinguishers can effectively put out fires caused by cooking fats, greases, and oils. 

Source: Office of the Fire Marshal

Smoke Alarms

Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every story and outside all sleeping areas.

  • When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer's instructions for information about correct
  • Picture of a smoke alarm placement.
  • Test your smoke alarm every month using the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low battery warning chirps
  • Smoke alarms don't last forever. They are required to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer. This is usually ten years.

Source: Office of the Fire Marshal

Many more fire prevention and education topics are available from the Office of the Fire Marshal , along with The Fire Protection and Prevention Act 1997.