Fire­fight­ers will visit homes to check alarms

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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.

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