Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors saves lives in the event of a fire or CO leak in your home. According to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, residential fires account for 73% of all fire-related fatalities in Canada. These devices also provide protection from death, injury or permanent disability from CO poisoning, a threat that poses the most risk during sleeping hours.
Post-fire inspections often reveal that dated, improperly-maintained or disabled safety devices are the culprit in these avoidable tragedies. This good news is the rate of fire and CO related deaths is dropping as added protections are written into the Fire Code.