Hamilton’s Fire Chief is appealing to residents and landlords to do their part to “make our community fire safe”.
The call to action from Dave Cunliffe follows two recent house fires in the lower city which claimed a total of six lives.
An investigation finds no evidence of early warning in either of the deadly fires, October.1st on Grenfell Street or August.6th on Niagara Street.
In the most recent tragedy, Wayne Romaine with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office notes that three smoke alarms recovered had no batteries while a fourth, due to its location, did not sound an “audible alarm”.
Chief Cunliffe calls on residents and landlords to test fire alarms to ensure they are working,
change batteries at least once a year and replace units that are 10 years old or more.
Romaine adds that they need to be installed on every storey of a home, and outside of all sleeping areas.