Firefighters will visit homes to check alarms
Hamilton firefighters will start knocking on doors Monday to talk about fire safety and evacuation plans with residents.
The Hamilton Fire Department will also check smoke alarms when they visit residents Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
They will provide and install the required number of alarms and batteries for free if any problems are discovered.
In 2016, seven of the 11 fire deaths in Hamilton occurred in homes with no working smoke alarms.
The visits are part of the home fire safety education initiative. Those who aren’t home when firefighters come to call will be left with information on how to schedule a visit. The department hopes going door to door will educate residents about the danger of careless smoking and unattended cooking, which are the two top causes of fires in Hamilton.
Hamilton firefighters battle a blaze at a three-storey residential building on the corner of Cannon Street West and Park Street North on Friday afternoon. The fire caused extensive damage to the second and third floors.